The bullet-riddled bodies of 14 Sunni Arab men purportedly seized by police a week ago were found dumped in Baghdad in what appeared to be the latest bout of Sunni-Shi'ite sectarian violence in the capital, a top Sunni group said Saturday.
The Association of Muslim Scholars said Interior Ministry forces detained the men a week ago they were while praying at the Sunni Arab Al-Aqsa Mosque in Shula, northwestern Baghdad, and their bodies were found by relatives late Friday in the same area.
Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali Kamal, the ministry's head of intelligence, said the 14 bodies had all been shot multiple times. He could not confirm that government forces had detained them.
No further details were immediately available on the grisly find. Batches of bodies have repeatedly been discovered in various parts of Baghdad gagged, bound and shot repeatedly.
Sunni Arabs accuse Shi'ite-backed security forces and militias for kidnapping and killing ordinary Sunni Arabs as well as clerics. Interior Minister Bayan Jabr, a prominent Shi'ite leader, has denied targeting Sunni Arabs.