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Iraqi women shot dead in Baghdad
The aftermath of an attack on an shop selling alcohol
Shops selling alcohol have become the target of attacks
Gunmen have killed three Iraqi women in the Shia district of Sadr City in Baghdad, police say.

The trio were said to have been shot as they stood on a street corner.

Police said they believed the women had been accused by a religious movement of being prostitutes, and were not killed for political reasons.

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, there has been a series of violent attacks on activities perceived to be contrary to the moral code of Islam.

Alcohol shops have been targeted in the capital and other cities.

Under Saddam Hussein, such shops were allowed, but his regime banned drinking in public from the mid-1990s.

There have been threats against beauty parlours as well as CD and DVD stores deemed to be selling morally offensive material. Attacks targeting Iraq's Christian minority have become more frequent.

Churches in the northern city of Mosul and Baghdad have been bombed recently.

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