October 31st, 2010
10:38 PM ET

Iraqi forces storm church to end standoff; 37 killed

Iraqi security forces stormed a Catholic church Sunday where gunmen suspected of having ties to al Qaeda were holding worshippers hostage, ending an hours-long standoff, police officials said Sunday.

Thirty-seven people were killed in the operation, including hostages, kidnappers and security workers, they said. At least seven of the dead were hostages, police officials said, while another 57 were wounded.

Eight suspects were arrested.

"All the marks point out that this incident carries the fingerprints of al Qaeda," Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Qader Obeidi said on state television Sunday.

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  1. Kevin Chinnock

    Is there any solution of these problem? The world is under terrorism. I think in coming 10 years the world will suffer a lot from terrorism. I think presidents of all countries should come together to handle the problem.

    November 1, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. The Dude

    Mao was right, religion is poison.

    November 1, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Big Andy

    Islam is heresy! Muhammad was/is a false prophet

    November 1, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Big Andy

    Islam is heresy! Muhammad is a false prophet!

    November 1, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    funny how there has been full news black out on Iraq yet they run this story, of course it is anti muslim. pro jew -hatred.

    November 1, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Big Andy

    Islam is heresy and Muhammad is a false prophet. It's followers prove that day in and day out with their actions. Sounds like the time has come for another crusade.

    November 1, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • The churchlady

      Amen! Those evil, islamic, militant, dogs martyred 3 Priests and a church full of praying Catholic Christians...

      November 1, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    @BIG Andy...so do you hold American's who claim to be Christians to the same standard as Arab's claiming to be Muslim? 'Cause if you do, a lot of false-Christians aren't going to like it. And if you don't, you will have made no sense whatsoever.

    November 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Ace

    Idk whats goin on with the world now of days its goin to hell and every1 can c it imma christian buh none christians or high type jugdmental christians would think i am buh i dnt go around killin ppl n the name of chistianity i think we could of got this war over with if we jus nuked them in the first place now its everywhere like a plague

    November 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. osama bin diesel

    Las Vegas , Free To Bet

    November 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Name Required

    As long as there are muslims there will be violence against other religions. Why do people think there is a solution? Get real and quit trying to be so P.C.

    November 2, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. thomas tisso

    As long as there's islam there's violence

    October 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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