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Up to 15 Said Killed in Fallujah Attack

Up to 15 Said Killed in Fallujah Attack



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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. jets attacked a house in the turbulent city of Fallujah on Monday, killing at least 10 people, officials said. The U.S. military had no immediate comment.

Ambulances raced to the eastern side of the city, where U.S. airstrikes have frequently targeted safehouses used by members belonging to the network of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Rescue workers picked up remains of the dead, witnesses said.

"U.S. jets shelled a residential house in the al-Shuhdaa neighborhood in Fallujah," said police Capt. Mekky Hussein al-Zaidan.

Dr. Diaa Jumaili of Fallujah Hospital said 10 bodies had arrived there, most of them dismembered.

U.S. forces have hit the area with four airstrikes since June 19, killing dozens. Al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant said to be connected to al-Qaida, is believed to be behind a series of coordinated attacks on police and security forces that killed 100 people only days before U.S. forces handed over power to an Iraqi interim government June 28.

Al-Zarqawi is also believed to be behind the beheading of two hostages, American Nicholas Berg and South Korean Kim Sun-il.

U.S. authorities Wednesday increased to $25 million the reward for information leading to his arrest, more than doubling the previous offering of $10 million.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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