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23 dead as Shia and Sunni militia clash after raid to free hostage

At least 23 people died when supporters of the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr clashed with Sunni militants near Baghdad yesterday, an interior ministry official said. The fighting broke out after Mr Sadr’s Madhi army militia raided a house in Nahrawan, 15 miles southeast of Baghdad, to free a fellow militiaman kidnapped by Sunni militants, according to Amer al-Husseini, a Sadr aide. The Mahdi army freed the hostage and captured two Sunni militants during the raid, but was ambushed on its way out of Nahrawan, Mr Husseini told the Associated Press. The interior ministry said that 21 Madhi army members and two police officers were among the dead. A further 17 people were wounded. There was no immediate information about casualties among the Sunni militants.Full Story

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