Toll rises to 53 killed, 98 wounded in Iraq attack

Reuters News
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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 2:42 PM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The death toll from an attack on an Iraqi provincial council headquarters in Tikrit rose to 53 people, a provincial health official said on Tuesday.

Raed Ibrahim, head of the provincial health department, said 98 people had been wounded in the attack in which gunmen laid siege to the building in Iraq's northern Salahuddin province and took hostages.

(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Serena Chaudhry; Editing by Louise Ireland)