Iraqi civilians killed

From Al Jazeera:

Civilians ‘killed’ in Iraq gunfight

At least 10 civilians have reportedly been killed and many more injured in a gunfight between Iraqi-US forces and anti-government fighters in Iraq’s Maysan province near the Iranian border, authorities say.

US and Iraqi forces said they came under fire as they approached the village of Ali al-Sharqi, southeast of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, on Friday.

There were conflicting claims about the death toll. The US said five fighters were killed, while local officials said as many as 10 civilians died. …

Maytham Lafta, a local official, said at least 10 “innocent people” were killed, including two women.

A provincial police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to release the information, also said 10 people were killed.

A secular Iraqi political coalition has suspended its election campaign over a ban on some of its candidates, as blasts hit political offices across Baghdad: here.

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