As Sayliya Camp (Qatar), April 16 (Reuters): US troops killed at least seven Iraqis in Mosul when a demonstration against their presence in the northern city turned violent yesterday, a US official said today.
In another incident in the chaotic city today, a local official said three people were killed and two children hurt in a hail of bullets from bank robbers, Iraqi police and US troops.
The children said they were shot by Americans.
Yesterday’s demonstration outside a US-occupied building in central Mosul turned deadly when trigger-happy protesters started firing in the air, prompting US forces to return a volley of warning shots over their heads.
Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks said at Central Command in Qatar that Marines and special operations forces then came under direct attack.
“Fire was directed at the Marines and special operations forces in this complex. It was aimed fire, and aimed fire was returned against some of the demonstrators, against some of the agitators climbing the wall of the compound. It was lethal fire,” he told a daily news conference.
He said at least seven people were killed and a number wounded.