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Iraqi forces free hostages held in Iraq's Samarra

English.news.cn   2014-03-04 21:07:40

TIKRIT, Iraq, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi security forces freed many hostages held by suicide bombers who stormed the city council of Samarra city in Iraq's Salahudin province earlier on Tuesday, leaving five people killed and 48 wounded, a provincial police source said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Iraqi forces broke into the building and fought fierce clashes with four suicide bombers who blew themselves up, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Earlier in the day, four suicide bombers wearing explosive vests stormed Samarra's local government building after they blew up a car bomb at the entrance, and seized many of workers and civilians hostages inside, the source said.

Later on, reinforcement troops rushed to the scene and surrounded the city council until they carried out an attack to free the hostages and retook control of the building, the source added.

Three of the city council members were among the wounded, he said.

Salahudin province is a Sunni-dominated province and its capital Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, is the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein.

Editor: Yang Yi
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