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Iraqi Dissidents Occupy Embassy

August 20, 2002

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BERLIN (AP) _ A new Iraqi dissident group said Tuesday it had occupied the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin, calling for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Police said several hostages were taken, including the ambassador, and two staff members were injured.

A resident said that he heard two volleys of shots fired at the embassy, but police said they could not confirm that shots were fired. Police said the injuries of the embassy personnel were not caused by gunfire, but there was no news on their condition.

Several hostages were taken inside the embassy, and the ambassador was believed to be among them, police spokesman Joerg Nittmann told reporters at the scene.

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