Iraqi police say gunmen have stormed a home in the former Al-Qaeda stronghold of Mosul, killing six women and a man before fleeing the scene.
Police officials say four gunmen were involved in the raid on the house in the northern city of Mosul early today.
A motive for the killings was not immediately known, although a policeman said it appeared to be a terrorist attack.
A morgue official at Mosul's hospital confirmed the death toll.
Mosul is a former stronghold for Al-Qaeda and there are still pockets of Sunni insurgents around the city, about 360 kilometers northwest of Baghdad.
compiled from agency reports