At least eight die, 15 wounded in US attack on Fallujah; Six National Guard applicants shot dead
American warplanes, tanks and artillery units attacked the the city of Fallujah on Saturday, killing at least eight people and injuring 15, hospital officials and witnesses said.
The U.S. Army stated the strikes targeted a meeting point in central Fallujah for fighters loyal to Jordanian-born activist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
"Intelligence sources reported that Zarqawi terrorists were using the site to plan additional attacks against Iraqi citizens and multinational forces," the military said in a statement.
According to The AP, Dr. Dhiya al-Jumaili of Fallujah General Hospital said at least eight people died and 15 injured, including women and children. At least two buildings in the city center were destroyed, witnesses said.
Elsewhere, gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying Iraqi National Guard applicants in Baghdad on Saturday, killing six people, police said. The group had just left a national guard recruiting center where they had signed up to join the force in the west Baghdad neighborhood of Al-Jamiyah when the attack occurred, said police Lt. Omar Ahmed. (albawaba.com)
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