35 Iraqis hurt in Baghdad church attack arrive in France

Thirty-five Iraqis wounded in a deadly Al Qaeda attack on a church in Baghdad arrived in France, where they were to be admitted to hospitals for treatment.

The group, who bear bullet and grenade wounds from the October 31 attack, yesterday arrived at Orly airport outside Paris on a plane dispatched to Iraq to collect them, an AFP reporter said.

They were welcomed at their airport by French Immigration Minister Eric Besson.

The group included 34 Christians and a Muslim guard hurt in the hostage taking at the church, as well as 19 companions.

Al Qaeda gunmen stormed a Syriac Catholic cathedral during mass, prompting an assault by Iraqi and US security forces. Forty-six people were killed.

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