BAGHDAD, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Death squads have resurfaced in Baghdad after a two-year absence, suspected of killing five civilians and leaving behind a car bomb, Iraqi media reported.
The reports indicate death squads targeted and executed five civilians when they entered the Mawteni charity in a Sunni neighborhood of the Iraqi capital, The Times of London reported Tuesday.
The gunman also left a car bomb at the building entrance, Al-Zaman newspaper reported. The device exploded when police arrived, injuring two officers.
"We are shocked with this attack that targeted people who were trying to help the poor and victims of violence," an official at the organization said. "Our organization is not related to any political group."
The spokesman said Alaa al-Qaisi, head of Mawteni, was wounded in the attack, and two of his brothers were among the dead. The charity serves widows and orphans.
The attack is part of an increase in violence as March 7 parliamentary elections approach.