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Militants take hostages in Baghdad as Jan toll tops 900

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Militants stormed a government building in Baghdad and took civil servants hostage Thursday as renewed violence pushed the death toll for January past 900 with elections looming in three months. 

Iraqi civilians gather in the Shuala area of Baghdad on January 30, 2014 at the site of a car bomb explosion

The brazen assault on the offices of the transport ministry along Canal Street in the northeast of the capital comes as security forces grapple with intensifying violence and an extended standoff with anti-government fighters in western Anbar province.

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