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Iraqi Minister Says Police Involved In Reprisal Shootings --> (RFE/RL) March 29, 2007 -- Iraq's interior minister has confirmed reports that a shooting massacre in the northwestern town of Tal Afar was carried out by police officers.

Jawad al-Bulani, an independent Shi'ite politician, told state-run Al-Iraqiyah television that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has ordered an investigation into the killings.

Tal Afar's mayor, Brigadier General Najim al-Juburi, said on March 28 that 18 people were detained on suspicion of their involvement in the reprisal attacks, with a security source saying that many of them were police officers.

The police officers on March 27 killed some 70 Sunni men, in what appeared to be reprisal attacks for two suicide truck bombings that killed at least 85 Shi'a in the town.

(AFP, Reuters)
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