“O you who believe, intoxicants, gambling, altars and arrows of chance are afflictions which are the work of the devil; you shall stay away from him, that you may succeed.” — Qur’an 5:90
“Attacks including shooting targeting liquor stores kill 15 in Iraq,” by Sameer N. Yacoub for the Associated Press, December 7 (thanks to all who sent this in):
BAGHDAD – A shooting targeting a row of liquor stores in the capital and other attacks killed at least 15 people across Iraq on Saturday, officials said.
Police officials said gunmen in two speeding cars opened fire on the stores in the northern neighbourhood of Waziriyah, killing nine people and wounding four others.
Islamic extremists have frequently targeted liquor stores in Iraq, but alcohol remains available in most cities.
Also, a bomb went off Saturday afternoon at an outdoor market in the northern city of Mosul, killing two shoppers and wounding 15 others.
One hour later, police said, two people were killed and seven others were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded on a road frequently used by military convoys in Mishahda village, just north of the capital.
In the western city of Ramadi, capital of the Sunni province of Anbar, gunmen shot dead the son of a local leader in a Sunni anti-al-Qaida militia in a drive-by shooting. Police said a friend of the son was killed also in the attack.
The militia, known as the Sahwa, had joined forces with U.S. troops at the height of the Iraq war to fight al-Qaida. Ever since then, it has been a target for Sunni insurgents, who call its members traitors.
Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to media.
Today’s attacks bring the death toll in Iraq this month to at least 85, according to an Associated Press count. Many deaths may go unreported.