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Iraqi officials: gunmen storm Baghdad mall and take hostages

Iraqi officials: gunmen storm Baghdad mall and take hostages

Via The Guardian

Iraqi officials say gunmen have stormed a mall in a mainly Shia neighbourhood in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and taking hostages.

Police and medical officials told Associated Press the gunmen set off a car bomb at the entrance to the mall on Monday before moving in. The officials said another 25 people were wounded in the attack and that three police are among the dead.

The officials estimated that 50 to 75 people were trapped in the Jawaher mall in Baghdad’s Jadida district.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Islamic State often targets the country’s Shia majority.

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