Iraq: Child killed by US fire as clashes continue in Kut
American troops "accidentally" shot and killed a child on Wednesday in Iraq's Diyala province, the U.S. army said on Thursday. The Americans said soldiers were operating in an area where roadside bombs had been found recently in Diyala.
The soldiers fired a warning shot into a sand berm after they found a "suspicious woman who appeared to be signalling to someone". According to Reuters, the military said a young girl was found on the other side of the berm suffering from a gunshot wound. Soldiers She died on the way to a military hospital.
Meanwhile, American soldiers and Iraqi gunmen exchanged fire after a rocket attack from a Shi'ite Mehdi Army militia stronghold on a U.S. base southeast of Baghdad, Iraqi police said on Thursday. A U.S. military spokeswoman said the Americans responded after four rockets landed at the base in Kut late on Wednesday. Iraqi police said two civilians died.