Gunmen attacked Shi'ite women picking vegetables in a field outside the capital, killing six adults and two young girls and kidnapping two teenagers. It was one of the deadliest assaults specifically targeting women in Iraq's months-long wave of sectarian violence.
Police said they suspected the gunmen in Friday's attack were Sunnis seeking to intimidate Shi'ites into fleeing the area south of Baghdad.
In another sign of sectarian bloodshed, police in Duluiyah north of Baghdad found 14 beheaded bodies thought to be from a group of 17 workers kidnapped by gunmen Thursday while traveling home to the mostly Shi'ite town of Balad. There was no word on the other abductees.