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US air raid kills women and children: Iraqi officials

US forces carried out an air strike early on Friday, killing at least 10 people, including women and children, in a building in a mainly Sunni area of Baghdad.

world Updated: Sep 28, 2007 20:03 IST

US forces carried out an air strike early on Friday, killing at least 10 people, including women and children, in a building in a mainly Sunni area of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

The reported attack came as the US military announced an inquiry into a separate incident in which the bodies of five women and four children had been found in a central village raided by American soldiers looking for Al-Qaeda insurgents earlier in the week.

Today's air raid targeted a building in the Al-Saha neighbourhood in southwestern Baghdad where families were sleeping, the Iraqi officials said.

Bodies were pulled out of the rubble of the building, which was destroyed.

"Ten people were killed and seven wounded when American helicopters attacked Building No 139 at 2.00 am. We have no idea of the reason for the attack," said an interior ministry official.

An official at Baghdad's Al-Yarmuk hospital said 13 people, seven men, two women and four children, were killed and 10 men and a woman were wounded. He said all the casualties were civilians.

The survivors had said their building had been attacked by US helicopters early in the morning, the hospital official said.

The US military has not immediately commented.

An earlier military statement said a raid by ground and air forces had been carried out on Tuesday on a building in Babahan village near the town of Musayyib, about 50 kilometres south of Baghdad.