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  • Monday, March 27, 2006

    Americans accused of mosque massacre

    From News.com.au:

    Police sources said 20 Mehdi Army fighters were killed in the fighting, close to Sadr's stronghold in the Sadr City slum, and five vehicles belonging to the militia were burned.

    A senior aide to Sadr, in comments capable of inflaming passions among the radical cleric's supporters, accused US troops of shooting dead more than 20 unarmed worshippers at the Mustapha mosque after tying them up. The mosque's faithful follow Sadr but the aide denied they were Mehdi Army gunmen.

    "The American forces went into Mustapha mosque at prayers and killed more than 20 worshippers," Hazin al-Araji said.

    "They tied them up and shot them."

    Earlier, in an unusual admission, Interior Ministry officials said a police major accused of taking part in death squad killings had been arrested in Baquba, north-east of Baghdad.

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