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Three hostages killed after police station siege in Iraq

Local officials say all of the gunmen involved in the siege were killed after security forces stormed the building.

File photo from Iraq.
File photo from Iraq.
Image: AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo

AT LEAST THREE of the people being held hostage by militants inside a police station in Iraq have died after security forces stormed the building.

All of the six gunmen involved in the siege were killed. They were disguised as police officers when entering the station in al-Baghdadi in the western Anbar province this morning.

The gunmen opening fire and one blew up their explosives vest upon entering the building. The group then took the town’s mayor and a number of police officers and civilians who worked in the station hostage, according to local officials.

The identities of the three people killed in the attacks are unclear.

The police and military in Anbar province are frequently attacked by al-Qaeda and other militant groups, who accuse them of being traitors.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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