US air strike kills eight in Iraq

September 19th, 2008 - 8:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Tikrit (Iraq), Sep 19 (Xinhua) Eight members of a family were killed early Friday when a US helicopter mistakenly bombed a house in Iraq’s Salahudin province, officials said.The helicopter hit the house near the town of Dowr at around 2.00 a.m., killing the inmates, an official said requesting anonymity. Five men and three women were among the dead.

US officials said the air raid was targeted at Al Qaeda militants in the area but the bomb mistakenly hit the house.

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