Hay al Jihad massacre
Tensions were high between Shia and Sunni following the 2006 al-Askari mosque bombing but then On 8 July 2006 a suicide bomber entered a Shia mosque in Baghdad and blew himself up, killing 8 worshippers-effectively bringing the Sectarian war to Baghdad. On the morning of 9 July, masked Mahdi Army militants gathered in groups in Baghdad's Hay al Jihad neighborhood and setup their own checkpoints asking drivers and passers by for identification. Any Sunni males among them were taken to a bus where more gunman were waiting, the bus drove to a waste ground where the captives were all murdered. By the end of the day, 36 bodies were brought into local hospitals, though the death toll maybe higher than 50; Sunni bombers carried out a double car-bomb attack on a Shia mosque in northern Baghdad, killing 19 and wounding 59. 9 July marked of 5 days of multiple suicide bombings and Shia retaliation that claimed more than 150 lives in the city.
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- "Gunmen kill 42 Sunnis in rampage". CNN. 9 July 2006.
- "Dozens killed in Baghdad attacks". BBC News. 9 July 2006.
- Daragahi, Borzou (23 July 2006). "Death's at the Door in Iraq". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-05-04.
- Partlow, Joshua; al-Izzi, Saad (10 July 2006). "Scores Of Sunnis Killed in Baghdad". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-04.
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