U.S. military police shot and killed two detainees and wounded five others in a bid to put down riots that broke out Wednesday at the Abu Ghraib prison facility west of Baghdad.
Troubles started after several detainees attacked another inmate with rocks and tent poles in a fight that quickly escalated, drawing in 200 inmates at a tented detention camp within the sprawling prison compound, said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, the U.S. military's spokesman for detention operations in Iraq.
Detainees hurled rocks at U.S. soldiers, Johnson added, according to The AP.
Earlier, American occupation forces clashed with Shiite resistance fighters southeast of Baghdad Wednesday in fighting that left at least five civilians dead, officials said.
Firefights broke out late Tuesday in Kut al-Hayy, some 200 kilometers southeast of the Iraqi capital, and continued early Wednesday, said provincial Health Director Falah Hassan al-Bairamany, according to The AP.
At least five Iraqi civilians were killed and eight were wounded during the clashes, he conveyed.
The U.S.-led occupation confirmed the clashes in a statement, adding four civilians were killed and four were wounded when their bus was caught in crossfire.
Elsewhere, a rocket slammed into a market in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday, killing at least five civilians, a U.S. military spokeswoman said. Seven civilians were wounded in the 1 p.m. attack in Mosul.
In Anbar Province, a US Marine was killed in action Tuesday during "security and stability operations," the military reported Wednesday. (albawaba.com)
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