Middle East News
US soldiers mistakenly shoot dead three Iraqi police (Extra)
Apr 16, 2007, 10:27 GMT
Baghdad - US soldiers conducting a raid against suspected insurgents in western Iraq on Monday mistakenly shot dead three Iraqi police officers and wounded a fourth, officials said.
US-led coalition forces in Baghdad in a statement said the troops had come under fire from two buildings while conducting the raid and had taken 'appropriate measures for self-defence.'
Seven suspected terrorists were arrested during the raid in another building, the statement added.
Iraqi police forces had not informed the coalition forces prior to the raid that police officers were in the area, located north-east of Ramadi.
Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Garver expressed his condolences to the families of the dead officers.
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