Joint US-Iraq raids kill at least nine: Iraqi officials

At least seven civilians and two Iraqi soldiers were killed today when shooting erupted after a joint US-Iraqi raid in the Sunni Arab former rebel bastion of Fallujah, Iraqi officials said.

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 20:05 PM IST

Fallujah: At least seven civilians
and two Iraqi soldiers were killed today when shooting erupted
after a joint US-Iraqi raid in the Sunni Arab former rebel
bastion of Fallujah, Iraqi officials said.

A US military spokesman confirmed an "incident" had
occurred in the city, west of Baghdad, and added that an
investigation would be started, but declined to give further
details. He confirmed at least one fatality.

The shooting occurred today morning in the Jbeil
neighbourhood of central Fallujah, long a base for Sunni
fighters who waged an insurgency against US troops and the
Iraqi government that peaked in 2006 and 2007.

"A joint force from Baghdad was ordered to raid a
terrorist`s house in Jbeil," said Major General Baha Hussein
al-Karkhi, police chief for Anbar province, of which Fallujah
is part.

"Clashes took place when the terrorists fired at the
troops. Civilians were caught in the crossfire. Seven were
killed and four wounded.

"In addition to the seven (civilians) killed, two Iraqi
soldiers were also killed in the clashes."

Fallujah police chief Brigadier General Faisal al-Essawi
said five houses were raided.

He said eight civilians were killed, including two women
and two children. He said the other four included a former
colonel in the Iraqi army during the rule of now executed
dictator Saddam Hussein.

Fallujah media chief Mohammed Fathi also said eight
people were killed.

PTI