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Baghdad Brothel Shooting Leaves 12 Dead

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Iraqi soldiers monitor a checkpoint east of Baghdad on January 6, 2014, the 93rd anniversay of the Iraqi Army, as Iraq is preparing a major attack to retake Fallujah, 74 kilometres west of the capital which has been outside government control for days, while parts of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi, farther west, are also held by Al-Qaeda-linked fighters. (ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images) | ALI AL-SAADI via Getty Images

Gunmen killed seven women and five men at a brothel in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, security and medical officials said.

The attack took place at an apartment in the Zayouna area of east Baghdad, where a similar attack took place last year.

On May 22, gunmen attacked a house in Zayouna that was used as a brothel, killing 12 people.

The week before, gunmen restrained police at a checkpoint in the area, and then shot dead 12 people at a row of adjoining alcohol shops nearby.

Violence in Iraq has reached a level not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal period of sectarian killings.

It took just five days for this month's death toll to surpass that for all of January last year.

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Baghdad brothel shooting leaves 12 dead: Gunmen kill 7 women and 5 men