Iraq Insurgents Hold Police Hostage
Mayor also held captive following break-in, suicide attack in al-Baghdadi
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 3, 2011 4:51 AM CDT
An Iraqi police officer stands near a smoldering vehicle at the site of an attack last year. Police have been taken hostage in an Anbar province station.   (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

(Newser) – Insurgents have stormed an Iraqi police station and taken police and officials—including the town’s mayor—hostage. Insurgents poured into the western town’s station disguised as police and opened fire; one insurgent detonated a suicide bomb, officials tell the AP. The officials taken hostage were working in offices on the building’s second floor. The Iraqi Army has surrounded the station in al-Baghdadi, a western town in volatile Anbar province, but it was not immediately clear how many people were being held inside or whether the attackers had made any demands.