BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say gunmen have stormed a mall in a mainly Shiite neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and taking hostages.
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Police and medical officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, say the gunmen set off a car bomb at the entrance to the mall on Monday before moving in. The officials say another 25 people were wounded in the attack and that three police are among the dead.
The officials estimated that 50-75 people were trapped in the mall.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State group often targets the country's Shiite majority.
Lt. Allen Sara, from Prescott, Ariz., a platoon leader with A Co., 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment patrols during a joint operation with Iraqi security forces on the first day after America ended its combat role, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010 in Hawija, north of Baghdad, Iraq. The U.S. marks on Wednesday the transition to the final phase of the Iraq war, shifting the focus of the remaining 50,000 American troops from combat operations to preparing Iraqi security forces to protect the country on their own. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)