Six off-duty Iraqi soldiers were captured and shot execution-style outside a restaurant in northern Iraq on Friday, police said.
The soldiers were just leaving the restaurant after lunch there when they were taken into custody by a group of unidentified gunmen waiting outside, said police Capt. Arkan Ali. The gunmen took their captives to a nearby street, lined them up and shot them to death, Ali said.
The attack occurred in the industrial city of Beiji, where the soldiers had stopped en route to their military base in Mosul, 145 kilometers (90 miles) to the north.
Elsewhere in Iraq, five Iraqi policemen and two civilians were killed on Friday, the day of worship in mostly Muslim Iraq, and the bullet-ridden bodies of four Iraqis were found.