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Baghdad church killings

Pope Benedict XVI, the World Council of Churches and other religious groups and leaders condemned the Oct. 31 killings of nearly 60 people at a church in Baghdad, Iraq.

Gunmen wearing suicide vests from an al-Qaida-linked group stormed the Sayyidat al-Najat Church, taking more than 100 Catholics hostage.

When the police tried to intervene, officers and hostages were killed.

A statement from the Jerusalem-based Islamic and Christian Religious Leadership group said: "We from Jerusalem consider those who stand behind this murderous act as outside of any religion of God."


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