Violence in Mosul leaves 3 more Iraqis dead

Deadly shootings in Mosul underscored the difficulties still faced by Iraqis and US-led coalition troops seeking to restore order in the country.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2003 10:22 IST
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Deadly shootings in the northern city of Mosul underscored the difficulties still faced by Iraqis and US-led coalition troops seeking to restore order in the country, although the worst of the fighting might be over.

In Baghdad, American troops raided the home of the mastermind of Iraq's biological weapons laboratory. Meanwhile, war commander Gen Tommy Franks briefed US President George W Bush on the war via videoconference from inside one of Saddam Hussein's ornate palaces in the four-star general's first visit to the Iraqi capital since the war began on March 20.

Hospital officials in Iraq's third-largest city said a total of 17 people were killed and 18 wounded during civil disturbances over the two days. Many of the wounded said they were shot by US troops, but the circumstances were unclear.

The US Central Command in Qatar confirmed that American troops killed about seven Iraqis during a demonstration on Tuesday but did not immediately comment on accusations that US Marines shot civilians on Wednesday.

Tuesday's violence in Mosul was among the worst involving US troops and Iraqi civilians. Iraqis accused Americans of opening fire on a crowd. Brig Gen Vincent Brooks said US forces guarding a government compound fired only after being shot at and when some rioters in the street tried to climb over a wall.

Wednesday's shooting apparently began with an attempt by police to drive looters away from the Central Bank, opposite the governor's office in the city of 700,000.

First Published: Apr 17, 2003 10:22 IST