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Iraqi government defends deadly church raid

The Iraqi government says it had no choice but to storm a Catholic church in Baghdad in which gunmen were holding dozens of people hostage.

Defence Minister Abdul-Qadr al-Obeidi said the gunmen had threatened to kill all their captives.

At least 52 people were killed as security forces stormed the church, attempting to free the hostages.

Jim Muir reports.

  • 01 Nov 2010
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