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2010 Baghdad church massacre, Iraq

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In the 2010 Baghdad church massacre, six suicide jihadis of a group called Islamic State of Iraq attacked a Syriac Catholic church in Baghdad during Sunday evening Mass, on 31 October 2010, and began killing the worshipers. The Islamic State of Iraq, according to Agence France-Presse news agency, was a Sunni militant umbrella group to which al-Qaeda in Iraq belongs.Hours later Iraqi commandos stormed the church, inducing the suicide jihadis to detonate their suicide vests. Fifty-eight worshipers, priests, policemen, and bystanders were killed and seventy-eight were wounded or maimed. World leaders and some Iraqi Sunni and Shi'ite imams condemned the massacre.
In late November 2010, Huthaifa al-Batawi, who was accused of master-minding the assault, was arrested along with eleven others in connection with the attack. During a failed attempt to escape in May 2011, Batawi and ten other senior al-Qaeda militants were killed by an Iraqi SWAT team. On 2 August 2011, three other men were sentenced to death and a fourth to 20 years in prison in connection with the massacre. In 2012, an appeals court confirmed the sentences.


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2010 Baghdad church massacre

Address: Unnamed Road, Baghdad, Iraq