A fire at a women’s shelter in Iraq‘s capital has killed several lodgers, according to police, who gave conflicting accounts of the tragedy.

Mohammed Jihad, Baghdad’s police lieutenant colonel, called the incident a “group suicide” caused by women rioting in the shelter on Friday.

Briefing reporters outside the Dar al-Zuhur shelter, he said several women were suffering from a “deteriorating mental state” and rioted, leading to the fire that killed six women.

But another officer

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