The attack took place in the town of Latifiya, around 40 km (25 miles) from Baghdad, in a volatile area known as the “triangle of death”. The dead included six children and eight women.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack but Wahabi militants who have often issued decrees to Kill Shia , and view Shi’ites as apostastes have been regaining momentum in their insurgency and striking with a ferocity not seen in years.
“We were sitting in our house when some gunmen opened fire at us through the windows,” said a teenage girl wearing a red headscarf and dress, seated on the bed of her 6-year-old brother in a hospital ward. Both their heads were bandaged.
“My father stood and moved toward the door. They shot him dead immediately. They shot my sister dead. They were shooting randomly I escaped from the back door,” said Haneen Mudhhir, crying in hospital .
Outside the hospital, people thought to be relatives of the victims wept as they waited to receive the bodies of the dead, which included women and children. One woman struck her head in grief, crying “God is Greatest!”
More than two years of civil war in neighbouring Syria have aggravated deep-rooted sectarian divisions in Iraq, as the saudi sponsors of Terrorism in Syria are also stepping up their acts of terrorism in Iraq , by fanning sectarianism and Dis Integrate a government coalition of Shi’ite, Sunni and ethnic Kurdish factions.
About 800 Iraqis were killed in August, according to the United Nations, with more than a third of the attacks in Baghdad.
The bloodshed, 18 months after U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq, has stirred concerns about a return to the sectarian slaughter of 2006-07, when the monthly death toll sometimes topped 3,000.
Late on Tuesday, a series of car bombs across Baghdad killed nearly 60 people in predominantly Shi’ite districts, police and medics said.
Separately on Wednesday, a suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters in the northern city of Mosul, killing five policemen. A roadside bomb also struck a patrol in Tarmiya, north of Baghdad, killing five soldiers.