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Roadside bomb kills 4-yr-old in Tikrit

Tikrit, Oct. 16 (Reuters): A roadside bomb in Saddam Hussein’s hometown killed a four-year-old Iraqi girl and wounded her sister today as they were walking to school, a US army medic said.

Guerrillas might have been targeting a nearby US tank column in central Tikrit, said Captain Alex Morales, physician’s assistant for the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment.

“They were on their way to school and the device went off,” said Morales, who had visited the hospital where the girls were taken.

Jihan Omran died after she was taken to hospital. Her sister, Zeinab, 12, was in stable condition with shrapnel wounds, Morales said. Zeinab lay in hospital partly covered with a blanket, an eye and both feet bandaged. The girls’ father, Abbas, sat at her bedside, holding her hand.

Tikrit, about 130 km north of Baghdad, is a focus of Iraqi resistance to US forces occupying Iraq. Roadside bombs are a favourite weapon of guerrillas facing US forces.

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