U.S. helicopters attack kills 12 civilians in Iraq

U.S. helicopters pounded an area in a town in the volatile province of Diyala on Sunday morning, killing 12 people and wounding five others, an Interior Ministry source said.

U.S. helicopters attack kills 12 civilians in Iraq
"U.S. helicopters pounded four houses in the town of Baladruz, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad, killing 12 civilians and wounding five others," the source said on condition of anonymity.

Most of the victims were women and children, the source said. The targeted houses were badly damaged, the source said, adding that Iraqi security forces and rescue teams rushed to the scene and evacuated the victims to the town's hospital.

U.S. and Iraqi troops have launched a series of operations in the province of Diyala during the past months.

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