Hostages killed execution-style in Iraq siege
BAGHDAD (KABC) -- A government spokesman says that among those killed in an hours-long siege at a local Iraqi government headquarters were 15 hostages who were slain execution-style before their captors blew themselves up.
The death toll has risen to 34.
Gunmen stormed the building in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Tuesday wearing military uniforms and suicide bomb belts. The attackers shot several hostages as Iraqi security forces closed in and engaged them in a gun battle.
Three local lawmakers are reportedly among the dead, and at least 65 people were wounded.
"We've lost contact with three provincial council members who were inside the building when the attack took place," provincial governor Ahmed Abdullah said in a telephone interview from Amman, Jordan, where he was receiving updates on the assault via mobile phone.
He described a fierce shootout between at least eight gunmen, who have overtaken the council headquarters' second floor, and Iraqi security forces who surrounded the building. He said the attackers were hurling grenades at Iraqi forces.
Security officials are blaming al-Qaeda in Iraq for the attack.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
iraq war, world news
- Lead found in soil at homes, school in Vernon 53 min ago
- Men w/ stolen passports on jet 'not terrorists' 24 min ago
- Overturned big rig shuts lanes on 91 East 56 min ago
- Prosecutor: OC couple's murder not about money
- Remains of Hollywood Park racehorse exhumed
- Suspect arrested in Hollywood severed head case
- Montclair hit-run kills woman, injures teen
- Amber Alert canceled; LB boy found safe
- Sandy Hook gunman's father breaks silence
- Colorado collects $2M in recreational pot taxes
- Parents distracted by devices, study says
- abcnews: Family calls 911, held hostage by pet cat 18 min ago
- Justin Bieber gets mad in deposition video
- Photos: 'Bachelor' Juan Pablo kisses 5 contestants
- Latest weather with Danny Romero
15 min ago