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Jihadists seize hostages at Iraq university

Published on Jun 7, 2014 6:51 PM

RAMADI, Iraq (AFP) - Jihadists took students and staff hostage at Anbar University in the Iraqi city of Ramadi Saturday, with one of the prisoners saying they had been threatened.

That prompted an assault by security forces to free them.

Gunmen from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant infiltrated the university from the nearby Al-Tasha area, killed its guards and then blew up a bridge leading to its main gate, police said.

An AFP journalist said special forces spearheaded an assault to retake the campus, and reported hearing heavy gunfire.

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