27 ‘sex workers’ slaughtered in Baghdad amid raging civil war

Apartment blocks near a mosque and a kindergarten daubed with cartoon characters seem an unlikely place for the slaughter of 27 alleged sex workers, but in Baghdad death is never far.
Few people in the Iraqi capital's Zayouna district know any details of what happened in their neighbourhood late on Saturday, and even fewer want to hazard a guess.
Residents of the rubbish-strewn area of crumbling grey apartment blocks say they stopped asking questions long ago in a city awash with guns and gangs and cursed with an ineffectual and politicized police force.
‘People are afraid. They don't know their neighbours. Everyone's
concerned about the safety of their own family and home ... Some sex workers were killed near me a few months ago and the neighbours only found out days later because of the smell,’ said Zayouna resident Wissam Sami, 23, a student.
‘I don't know who carries out these killings. Both Daash and the Shia militias wear black and anyone can buy a uniform or fake an identity card,’ she added.
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