At least 33 killed by gunmen in Baghdad violence
Members of Iraq's security forces stand guard in Baghdad, April 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
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At least 33 people, including 29 women, have been killed in an attack by gunman against a housing complex in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police says.
It was not immediately clear what the motive was behind Wednesday’s attack in the Zayounah neighborhood in eastern Baghdad late on Saturday.
The gunmen, who raided two buildings in four-wheel drive vehicles, were wearing a mix of camouflage and plain clothes.
A policeman gave an account of the gruesome scene he had witnessed at the site of the attack.
"When we walked up the stairs, we saw a couple of women's bodies and blood streaming down the stairs. We entered a flat and found bodies everywhere, some lying on the sofa, some on the ground, and one woman who apparently had tried to hide in a cupboard in the kitchen shot to death there."
The Iraqi capital has been a scene of deadly bomb and gun attacks amid a crisis that has gripped the country.
The crisis in Iraq escalated after ISIL terrorists took control of Mosul, in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital.
An estimated 1.2 million people have been displaced in Iraq so far this year, according to the United Nations.
The ISIL has vowed to continue its raid towards Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that the country’s security forces would confront the terrorists, calling the seizure of Mosul a “conspiracy".
Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push back militants in several areas.