A suicide assault team likely from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, al Qaeda’s branch inside Iraq, killed at least 18 people after attempting to storm the Transportation Ministry today.

A heavily armed team of six suicide bombers “took a number of hostages .. and killed nine of them inside the building, which was used to receive visiting delegations,” Reuters reported. “It was not immediately known where the other eight victims died.”

Iraqi security forces responded and killed the suicide assault team in a firefight. At least one policeman was killed while battling the insurgents, the National Iraqi News Agency reported, and 50 people are said to have been wounded during the assault. […]