Friday, August 24, 2007

Ten killed in Baghdad clash

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces opened fire from helicopters during an overnight clash with Shi'ite militants in western Baghdad, killing 10 people and wounding 20, police said on Friday.

They said the wounded included women and children who had been sleeping on rooftops to keep cool, although the dead were believed to be gunmen.

Reuters Television pictures showed cars with their windows blown out after being strafed by gunfire .

Angry mourners, chanting and raising fists, took to the streets in the Shula district of the Iraqi capital, carrying wooden coffins of those killed in the clash.

"We demand the Iraqi government and parliament stop the Americans interfering in Shula," local tribal elder Sabeeh al-Sharji said......

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