Gunmen wearing military uniforms raided houses in a village in southern Baghdad and killed up to 25 people, Iraqi authorities said. According to Reuters, the attack took place late on Friday in the village of Sufiya, a Sunni enclave in the Rasheed district of the Iraqi capital.
Police said the gunmen handcuffed the victims and shot them in the head.
A security source said 10 to 15 gunmen in pickup trucks targeted the victims because they were loyal to the government against al Qaeda. Another source said there were 24 victims, including women and children, all from the same family. Reuters eyewitness counted 25 bodies at a local hospital.