Iraqi police: US and Iraqi army kill 2 civilians in Sadr City raid

September 11, 2007 09:39

US and Iraqi forces killed two civilians during a joint raid early Tuesday on the Baghdad stronghold of a powerful Shi'ite militia, Iraqi police said. Six others were injured in the pre-dawn operation in Sadr City - home to 2.5 million of Baghdad's poorest residents as well the Mahdi Army, a militia loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Last month, al-Sadr called a temporary halt to the group's activities after deadly Shi'ite-on-Shi'ite violence in Karbala. At least two children were among the wounded, an Iraqi officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. Ten people were arrested in the raid, which took place around 4 a.m., the officer said. Eight civilian cars were damaged, and several sheep and cattle were also killed in a yard fire ignited by gunfire, he added. The US military had no immediate comment on the incident.

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