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10 Killed as Gunmen Bomb, Storm Iraq Mall

Hostages reportedly being held in Baghdad's Jawhara Mall
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 11, 2016 11:36 AM CST
10 Killed as Gunmen Bomb, Storm Iraq Mall
In this April 29, 2015, photo, shoppers visit the Family Mall in Irbil, northern Iraq (not the site of Monday's bombing).   (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

(Newser) – Gunmen set off a car bomb at the entrance to a mall in mainly Shiite eastern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 25 as the attackers raced inside and took hostages, Iraqi officials said. That number is likely to fluctuate as the story develops: Al Jazeera and Reuters report the death count as being at least seven, with at least 19 but up to 27 injured, per state TV. Police and medical officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, estimated that 50 to 75 people were trapped inside the Jawhara Mall, per the AP.

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Those officials said gunmen could be seen on the roof of the mall, adding that at least three police were among the dead. Meanwhile, an interior ministry rep cited on state TV said security forces were surrounding the mall, which the rep called the site of " a terrorist attack," Reuters notes. No one immediately claimed responsibility, but the Islamic State group often targets the country's Shiite majority, per the AP. Two police sources tell Reuters there were four gunmen. (Read more car bomb stories.)

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