Christian worshippers killed in Baghdad church raid

Nineteen die including police and soldiers after Iraqi forces stormed building where terrorists were holding hostages.

At least 19 people were killed and dozens wounded, when Iraqi security forces stormed a Baghdad church in which terrorists wearing explosive vests were holding worshippers hostage.

A US army spokesman, Lt Col Eric Bloom, said at least seven hostages, seven Iraqi troops and five militants were among the dead. Iraqi military officials said the death toll was at least nine, while police and medical officials put it as high as 37.