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Iraqi Mosque Attacked

March 5, 2006 - Posted at 12:56 p.m. CST

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Iraq's Interior Ministry denies its forces

were involved in an attack at a west Baghdad mosque that triggered

a 25-minute gunbattle.

Officials say gunmen stormed the mosque, and three people ended

up dead. Witnesses say U.S. helicopters hovered above the scene.

Police say attackers hit the al-Nour mosque in

Baghdad's Jihad neighborhood and fought with mosque guards.

Several masked gunmen are guarding the mosque today and damage

is visible.

The imam tells reporters that ``a gang using ten cars stormed

the mosque.'' He says the cars are like those used by Iraq's

Interior Ministry and the attackers wore military uniforms.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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