Attack on bus in Iraq kills over 50 prisoners, nine policemen

A view of a burnt bus in Taji, north of Baghdad

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A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 52 prisoners and nine policemen on Thursday, Ministry of Justice and medical sources said, the latest in a string of assaults on prisoners in Iraq.

The motive for Thursday's killings was not immediately clear but Iraqi security forces and government affiliated Shi'ite militias appear to have unlawfully executed at least 255 prisoners over the past month in apparent revenge for killings by Sunni militants, according to Human Rights Watch. (Reuters)

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