Gunmen kill 12 at Baghdad brothel, officials say
The attack took place at an apartment in the Zayouna area in eastern Baghdad
Seven women and five men were killed at a brothel in Baghdad on Tuesday, medical and security officials said.
The attack took place at an apartment in the Zayouna area of east Baghdad. A similar attack took place in the same place last year.
Last May 22, gunmen killed 12 people in an attack on a house that was used as a brothel in the Zayouna area.
The week before, gunmen restrained police officers at a checkpoint in the same area, and shot dead 12 people at a row of adjoining alcohol shops nearby.
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