Friday, June 30, 2006

US investigates new Iraq killings


The US military has opened a criminal investigation into the alleged killing of an Iraqi family in their home by US soldiers, the US military says.
The investigation began on Saturday and follows an initial military inquiry.

An unnamed official told AP news agency one of the four victims, a woman, was raped before being killed, and that five soldiers were under investigation.

The probe is the latest in a series of inquiries into alleged abuse of Iraqis by US troops.

The US Army's Criminal Investigation Command was asked to look into the incident, which took place in the area of Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad, after a preliminary military inquiry found reason to open a criminal probe, the military said.

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