Four Iraqi civilians killed in Fallujah attacks as five injured in Sadr city

Published October 3rd, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

Four civilians were killed and 12 others injured in a wave of overnight strikes in Fallujah, the city hospital said on Sunday. 


U.S.-led troops confirmed one strike at about 1 a.m. Sunday which they said severely damaged a building where 10 to 15 activists were moving weapons on the outskirts of the city.  


"Forty-five minutes of secondary explosions indicated the building was being used as a huge weapons/ammunition cache," the statement said. "A large number of enemy fighters are presumed killed."  


Dr. Dhia Ahmed said Fallujah General Hospital received two bodies and treated 10 people wounded in air strikes on the al-Jolan, Shuhada, al-Askari and Jubail neighborhoods in Fallujah, located some 40 miles west of Baghdad.  


Two more people, a man and his wife, were killed and two wounded when a tank fired on a house in the city's southern suburbs, Dr. Rafe al-Issawi said.  


"Throughout the operation, multiple measures were employed to ensure no innocent civilians were present when the strikes took place," the military said.  


"This strike reduced the capability of the Zarqawi network and increased safety and security throughout Iraq," the statement said.  


In the meantime, five Iraqi civilians were wounded by U.S. tank fire in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City early Sunday, a hospital official said.  


The injured were being treated at al-Sadr Hospital, the hospital director Abdel-Jabar Solag, was quoted by AP as saying.  


In Baqouba, meanwhile, a police car hit a roadside bomb, injuring one policeman, officials said. The blast took place at about 8:30 a.m. in central Baqouba, police Col. Abdel-Salam Saeed said. (

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