Iraq: Three civilians die by U.S. fire as al Qaeda bomber kills eight
At least three Iraqis died and one child was wounded after U.S. troops stormed a house north of Baghdad and opened fire, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Tuesday. According to the AP, Iraqi police said a couple and their 19-year-old son were killed, and that their two young daughters were hurt in the U.S. raid around 11 p.m. Monday. One of the young girls died early Tuesday, and the other was evacuated to a U.S. military hospital, police said.
The U.S. military reported just three deaths.
Meanwhile, a suicide bomber killed eight members of an anti-Qaeda front as he triggered his explosive vest at a checkpoint outside a Sunni tribal sheikh's house in central Iraq, police said Tuesday. The attack took place outside the home of Sheikh Shathr al-Obeidi, leader of a tribal "Awakening" group ranged against Al-Qaeda in Awad village near Taji, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Baghdad, a police officer said, according to AFP.
"Eight members of the Awakening were killed at the checkpoint. Several were wounded," the officer was quoted as saying by AFP.