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Seige: hostages killed in Baghdad Catholic church

A dramatic standoff in an Iraqi Catholic church has come to a violent end.


At least seven Iraqi Christian worshipers and seven Iraqi security forces were killed Sunday night after commandos stormed a church in Baghdad where a band of suicide bombers had been holding parishioners hostage, Iraqi and U.S. military officials said.


As Iraqi troops stormed the Our Lady of Salvation Church in the upscale Karradah neighborhood shortly after 9 p.m., some of the assailants detonated suicide vests, said Lt. Col. Eric Bloom, a U.S. military spokesman.

The mayhem underscored how dangerous the Iraqi capital remains as a deepening political crisis continues. Iraqi lawmakers remain at an impasse over who is entitled to lead the next government after the March 7 parliamentary election. Many Iraqis fear that the impasse could sow instability and violence as the U.S. military mission here winds down.

Between 20 to 30 people were wounded in the attack and subsequent rescue operation to free the approximately 120 hostages attending evening Mass, Bloom said. He said all the attackers were gunned down, but an Iraqi official said some were in custody.

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posted October 31, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Goes to show you that Islam really isn’t that peaceful a religion. Don ‘t believe me? Explain to me how they call for the deaths of priests everytime mass is celebrated. YOU CALL THAT PEACE!? You’re kidding yourself if you think otherwise.

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posted November 1, 2010 at 4:49 am

These people can not do much statistically to American and other western military forces forces so in frustration they assume their own indigenous Christian population is a good substitute target to fight the “Crusaders” and the “Colonialists”.
They still talk about the Crusades and the Colonial period like it was last year.

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posted November 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Now is NOT the time to fan political or dogmatic flames. One of the things I admired about the Tiller family was their unwillingness to discuss the politic implications of Dr. Tiller’s shooting death. Maybe if we allow cooler heads to prevail then God’s grace (in ways only known to Him) can bring significant good out of this tragedy.
Will be sure and pray for the repose of their souls (especially with All Souls Day coming tomorrow).

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posted November 2, 2010 at 4:20 am

Yes TOM we can pray for these suicide bombers who were from an Al-Quida group. They did not die by suicide exactly so maybe they have a chance. Maybe we should address the family of the Iraqi Christian victims for understanding and to also pray for Al-Quida and for the souls of all deceased suicide bombers.
Hopefully a more peaceful world is coming just around the corner.

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