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US military says killed 49 in Baghdad clashes

The US military says it has killed 49 criminals in clashes in Sadr city in Baghdad.

world Updated: Oct 21, 2007 18:13 IST

The US military said it had killed 49 "criminals" in clashes in the Baghdad district of Sadr city on Sunday during a raid to capture a militant suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of US soldiers in Iraq.

"Coalition forces estimate that 49 criminals were killed in three separate engagements during this operation. Ground forces reported they were unaware of any innocent civilians being killed as a result of this operation," the military said in a statement.