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Wednesday, February 18, 2004. 7:21am (AEDT)

Three Iraqi civilians killed by U.S. mortar

Three Iraqi civilians, including a 10-year-old girl, have been killed by a stray US mortar round which hit the backyard of a home near the main American military base in Baghdad.

US troops fire mortar rounds across the Tigris River from their base several times a day.

US commanders describe the firings as part of a harassment-and-interdiction operation, which is designed to prevent insurgents from setting up firing positions in meadows across the river to attack the base.

A spokesman says it is not known how or why the latest mortar round went astray.

The other two victims have been identified as young adults, one male and one female.

-- AFP

 

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