Iraqis inspect the site of a suicide car bomb attack in the Al-Haq square in Samarra, on July 5, 2013
Iraqis inspect the site of a suicide car bomb attack in the Al-Haq square in Samarra, on July 5, 2013 © Mahmoud al-Samarrai - AFP/File
Iraqis inspect the site of a suicide car bomb attack in  the Al-Haq square in Samarra, on July 5, 2013
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Last updated: March 4, 2014

Militants seize Iraq city council HQ and take hostages

Militants seized the city council headquarters in the Iraqi city of Samarra and took employees hostage Tuesday, officials said, in the second such attack in the central Salaheddin province in recent months.

Clashes broke out between security forces and two militants, possibly wearing explosives-rigged vests or belts, who took the headquarters, while a suicide bomber targeted police and anti-Al-Qaeda militiamen when they arrived at the scene.

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