Five Iraqis killed in clashes, mortar attacks
U.S. Marines clashed with Iraqi resistance fighters in a city west of the capital Saturday, killing two of them, the U.S. military said.
The Marines came under fire from seven Iraqis shortly after 6 a.m. at a taxi stop in Ramadi. "Those seven fired on the Marines from the taxi stop," the U.S. military said in a statement. "The Marines returned fire, killing two of the attackers."
The statement said a vehicle seized "had a machine gun mount in the back."
Meanwhile, mortar fire killed a six-year-old Iraqi boy in Baghdad and two Iraqis in Samarra on Friday. Mortars hit a house behind central Baghdad's Sadeer hotel, often used by foreigners, just before 10:00 pm (1800 GMT), killing the child and wounding three hotel guards, police said, according to AFP.
In Samarra, 125 kilometres north of Baghdad, two Iraqis were killed and another wounded in a mortar attack, a hospital source said.
Local residents accused US forces in the area of firing the mortars. (albawaba.com)
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