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Saturday, August 14, 2004

BBC > US bombers raid Sunni Iraqi city

Air strikes by US planes on the largely Sunni Iraqi city of Samarra have killed at least eight people and injured 40, hospital officials in the city said.
The US military said it had killed "about 50 insurgents" in strikes which began after midnight (2000 GMT Friday) after arms searches on the ground.
A fragile truce has been holding in Najaf, the Shia city at the centre of anti-US unrest in Iraq this week.
But reports speak of heavy casualties overnight in another Shia city, Hilla.
Militants loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr attacked Iraqi police in the city.
North of Baghdad, local people in Samarra said the US bombs had struck two houses in separate districts, the AP news agency reported.
The US military said a number of 230 kilogram (500-pound) bombs had been dropped on "known enemy locations" near the city.
Samarra, about 95km (60 miles) from Baghdad and with a population of about 200,000, has long been a stronghold of elements opposed to the US-led occupation.


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