By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Gunmen wearing explosives belts under military uniforms took hostages at a local government headquarters in Saddam Hussein's hometown, killing 15 of them execution-style before blowing themselves up in a fiery end to an hourslong siege, Iraqi officials said. In all, 45 people were killed.
"The gunmen were armed with grenades and began their raid by firing at random at a reception room," Mr. Rihman said. "Then they opened fire inside."
As a result, he said, most of the lawmakers already had left the headquarters when the assault began.