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I have read reports from different sources that at least 14 young people were stoned to death in Baghdad in the last month.

 

This is being reported as a deliberate campaign by Shi'ite militants against kids who are dressed in 'emo' style. This subculture is widely perceived in Iraq as both gay and an expression of Satanism, say the reports.

According to Reuters, militants in Shi'ite neighbourhoods where these kids were attacked, had circulated pamphlets on Saturday morning naming at least 24 more youths who will be targeted for death if they do not change the way they dress.

"We strongly warn you, to all the obscene males and females, if you will not leave this filthy work within four days the punishment of God will descend upon you at the hand of the Mujahideen," this pamphlet reads.

Different reports are coming out about these attacks.

The majority of the youths who have been attacked have died from severe skull fractures after being beaten with rocks and bricks, although I have also read they are using concrete blocks.

Others, including two girls, were wounded in assaults, these were warnings…

There are others being targeted and this is a part of a larger trend in the area, where as many as 58 Iraqis believed to be gay have been bludgeoned to death with rocks in the past six weeks.

There were previous attacks in 2009 on those believed to be or known to be gay in Iraq.

 

From our Scottish correspondent Cailleach Bheur....

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