US fire kills eight members of Iraqi family
A US air strike killed eight family members, three of them women, near Tikrit on Friday, police and witnesses said. The pre-dawn helicopter raid occurred in the village of Al-Dawr where executed president Saddam Saddam was captured by US forces in December 2003.
"Eight people -- five men and three women -- were killed by a US air strike targeting their home. They are all members of the same family," First Lieutenant Firaz al-Duri of Al-Dawr police told AFP. One child survived but was wounded, he added.
Several Iraqi police and army officers from Tikrit, the capital of Salaheddin province, confirmed the raid.
A doctor at Tikrit General Hospital, Imad al-Juburi, said the bodies of eight people were brought in and the victims appeared to have died of injuries consistent with an air strike.