Iraqi ‘emos’ vic­tims of bru­tal killings

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

BAGH­DAD | Iraqi teenagers widely per­ceived to be gay are be­ing bru­tally killed in Bagh­dad, with Shi­ite mili­tias dis­tribut­ing lists of tar­gets warn­ing of fur­ther as­saults, of­fi­cials and hu­man rights groups say.

At least 15 teenagers, de­scribed as “emos” for their tight-fit­ting black clothes and al­ter­na­tive hair­styles, have been stoned, beaten to death or fa­tally shot in the past month, medics say.

Re­ports also have said some of them had their heads smashed with con­crete blocks.

Hu­man rights groups say the death toll is far higher amid ac­cu­sa­tions of a cover-up by se­cu­rity forces.

Wit­nesses in the con­ser­va­tive

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