US launches massive Falluja raid

Wext: Saturday, 25.September. @ 00:00:00 CEST


25. Sep. 2004, -

At least eight people have been killed in US strikes on the volatile Iraqi city of Falluja, doctors say.

They said 15 other people were injured, as US planes, tanks and artillery units shelled the city which lies about 40 miles (65km) west of Baghdad.

Several buildings in the city centre were destroyed, witnesses said.

- The US military said it targeted a meeting place for fighters loyal to terror suspect Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, blamed for masterminding many attacks.

"Intelligence sources reported that terrorists were using the site to plan additional attacks against Iraqi citizens and multinational forces," a US military statement said.

The statement added that no civilians were reported in the area at the time.

However, a doctor at Falluja's general hospital told the Associated Press that civilians had been killed.

Dr Dhiya al-Jumaili said at least eight people were killed and 15 wounded, including women and children.

Reuters Television pictures showed rescuers pulling survivors, among them two women and a young child, out of a destroyed building.

Source: BBC

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