[Marxism] US attacks Fallujah mosque; 40 killed
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Wed Apr 7 08:35:50 MDT 2004
U.S. hits Fallujah mosque; 40 killed
By The Associated Press
April 7, 2004, 9:57 AM EDT
FALLUJAH, Iraq -- A U.S. helicopter fired three missiles at a mosque
compound in the city of Fallujah on Wednesday, killing about 40 people
as American forces battled Sunni insurgents, witnesses said.
Cars ferried bodies from the scene, though there was no immediate
confirmation of causalities.
Part of the wall surrounding the Abdul-Aziz al-Samarrai mosque was
demolished, said AP reporter Abdul-Qader Saadi, though the mosque
building was not damaged.
The strike came as worshippers gathered for afternoon prayers, witnesses
said. They said the dead were taken to private homes in the area where
temporary hospitals have been set up.
Angry residents gathered around the mosque after the strike. The offices
of an organization of Sunni clerics next door was also lightly damaged.
U.S. Marines have besieged Fallujah, west of Baghdad, for the past three
days in a major operation aimed at uprooting insurgents.
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