Thursday, November 13, 2003

U.S. soldiers fire on truckload of civilians

FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) — U.S. troops opened fire on a truck carrying live chickens near the tense town of Fallujah, killing five civilians aboard the vehicle, including a father and his two sons, relatives said today.

The shooting took place at a roadblock Tuesday night, they said. Fallujah is the site of numerous anti-American attacks and U.S. soldiers in the area have been on high alert.

"They went to bring chickens ... and they came back at 9 or 10 at night," said Khalid Khalifa al-Jumaily, whose two nephews were killed on the truck. "The Americans fired on them."

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