UPDATE : 31 October 2010 Last updated at 22:24 ET Help At least 37 people have been killed after Iraqi security forces stormed a Catholic church in central Baghdad to free dozens of hostages being held by gunmen there, security sources say.
Twenty-five hostages were among the dead, along with seven members of the Iraqi security forces and at least five of the attackers, they told the BBC.
About 100 people had been inside Our Lady of Salvation for an evening Mass.
The gunmen had reportedly demanded the release of jailed al-Qaeda militants. Jim Muir reports.
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Gunmen have taken around 40 worshippers hostage in a central Baghdad church, Iraqi police say.
The gunmen first attacked the stock exchange in the Iraqi capital before moving to a nearby Assyrian Catholic church, where a Sunday evening service was being held.
At least six people were killed in the attacks, police said.
The gunmen are reportedly demanding the release of al-Qaeda members imprisoned in Iraq and Egypt.
According to the police, several other people were wounded.
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