BAGHDAD (AP) - An Iraqi tennis coach and two of his players were shot dead this week in Baghdad because they were wearing shorts, authorities said Saturday, reporting the latest in a series of recent attacks attributed to Islamic extremists.
A U.S. marine helicopter, meanwhile, crashed Saturday and its two crew members were missing in Anbar province, a volatile area west of the Iraqi capital where insurgents are active. Hostile fire was not suspected as the cause of the crash, the U.S. military said.
In the Baghdad incident, gunmen stopped a car carrying the Sunni Muslim coach and two Shiite players, asked them to step out and then shot them, said Manham Kubba secretary general of the Iraqi Tennis Union.
Extremists had distributed leaflets warning people in the mostly Sunni neighbourhoods Saidiyah and Ghazaliyah not to wear shorts, police said.
"Wearing shorts by youth are prohibited because it violates the principals of Islamic religion when showing forbidden parts of the body. Also, women should wear the veil," the leaflets said.
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