Gunmen seize hostages in Baghdad church

2010-10-31 20:31

Baghdad - Gunmen have taken worshippers hostage in a Baghdad church where they fled after shooting dead two guards at the Iraqi capital's stock exchange, a bishop and security officials said.

"What we know is that a number of worshippers and two priests are being held hostage at the church by terrorists," said Shlimoune Wardouni, the Chaldean bishop of Baghdad.

"They are demanding the release of terrorists held in Iraq and Egypt," he told AFP.

Two guards at the stock exchange were killed in clashes with the gunmen trying to battle their way into the building earlier on Sunday, an interior ministry official said.