• search

US forces kill 18 Iraqis in Baghdad, medics say

Written by: Staff

BAGHDAD, Mar 26 (Reuters) At least 18 Iraqis were killed today after US troops clashed with a Shi'ite militia, medics and police said.

Police said the clashes erupted after the Mehdi Army militia loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr tried to stop US troops from entering a mosque.

A medic said 18 bodies were found around the mosque.

A senior aide to Sadr accused US troops of killing more than 20 unarmed worshippers during evening prayers at a Sadr mosque in east Baghdad.

US spokesmen had no immediate comment.

Police and residents said there were clashes involving Sadr's Mehdi Army militia fighters after US troops raided the mosque in east Baghdad. Police said the troops appeared to be trying to arrest someone.

Sadr aide Hazim al-Araji told Reuters the dead were not militiamen and had been unarmed: ''The American forces went into Mustafa mosque at prayers and killed more than 20 worshippers ... They tied them up and shot them.'' Reuters OM VP0000

For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more