Sunday, April 02, 2006
This is unbelievable! Iraqi police discovered 14 bodies of Sunni men in Baghdad. All were shot in the head and the 14 had the name "Omar". It seems the only "crime" they committed was their name!
The dead Sunnis were named after Omar Ibn Khattab, the second Caliph to rule the Muslim world. He was rejected by the Shias who favored Ali. Hardline Shias today have no problem cursing the 3 Caliphs before Ali even though they were among prophet Mohammed's closest companions.
The police said that the murdered men had their ID cards on their chest. A police officer said that a number of them received warnings demanding that they change their names!
A Shia politician said that it's impossible for Shia militias to do such a thing. It would be very obvious that they're the perpetrators. He believes the terrorists are killing Sunnis to incite sectarian tensions in Iraq.
A Sunni student said that he will carry 2 IDs. "My name will be Ali in the Shia areas, and Omar in the Sunni areas."
Source: Al Arabiya (Arabic)