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October 23, 2021

58 killed in Iraq church standoff

The death toll from a hostage standoff at a Catholic church in Baghdad has risen to 58, police officials with the Iraqi Interior Ministry said Monday, according to CNN. Seventy-five others were wounded in the attack by armed gunmen Sunday, the officials said, adding that most of the casualties were women and children. Two priests were also among the dead, as well as 17 security officers and five of the gunmen. The hours-long standoff ended Sunday after Iraqi security forces stormed the Sayidat al-Nejat church. Eight suspects were arrested. “All the marks point out that this incident carries the fingerprints of al Qaeda,” Iraqi Defence Minister Abdul Qader Obeidi said on state television Sunday.

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