BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say gunmen singled out seven Shiite Muslims and shot them while they were out swimming in a targeted sectarian attack.
Saturday's attack happened outside a Shiite Turkoman village about 130 miles north of Baghdad.
The mayor of a nearby town says the attackers arrived on motorcycles and executed the Shiites after separating them from Sunni Arabs, whom they allowed to go free.
Attacks against Iraqi Shiites are often blamed on al-Qaida's Iraqi branch, which has declared its intention to take back areas from which the U.S. and its local allies expelled the militants.
Most Iraqi Shiites are Arabs. Turkomen are one of the country's minority ethnic groups, and they include both Sunnis and