More than 20 Iraqis, including women and children, killed in US attacks on Fallujah, Baghdad

Published September 13th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

American warplanes and artillery forces bombed the city of Fallujah on Monday, killing at least 20 people and injuring 29, hospital officials and witnesses said.  


According to The AP, witnesses said the bombing targeted the city's al-Shurta (police) neighborhood, damaging buildings and raising clouds of black smoke. Ambulances and private cars evacuated the wounded to hospital.  


The U.S. military said jets carried out a "precision" strike on a site in the city where operatives loyal to Jordanian-born activist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi were meeting.  


Dr. Adel Khamis of the Fallujah General Hospital confirmed at least 20 people were killed, including women and children, and 29 others injured. An ambulance rushing from the area of the fire was hit by a shell, killing the driver, a paramedic and five patients inside the vehicle, said another hospital official, Hamid Salaman.  


In Baghdad, one person was killed and three others injured in a US helicopter attack on a local commercial district, witnesses said, according to AFP.  


West of Baghdad, gunmen broke into a local police station in Latifiyah and forced officers inside to leave before blowing up the building, police said Monday. Nobody was hurt in the Sunday night attack, said police Lt. Col. Sahi Abdullah. (

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