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At least 17 people are reported to have been killed in an attack on a shopping centre in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, during which people were taken hostage.


About 20 gunmen stormed the al-Jawhara shopping centre in the mainly Shia al-Jadeda area on Monday evening, after a car bomb exploded outside.


Security forces sealed off the area and then stormed the building, killing the assailants and freeing their hostages, an interior ministry spokesman said.



Police sources told that two of the assailants detonated explosive belts they had been wearing, killing several hostages.


Two other gunmen were shot dead, and another four arrested, they added.




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