The British, the police kill 6 Iraqis; an uprising for the unemployed
Iraq-USA, Military, 1/12/2004
Al-Amara city, to the south-east of Baghdad, witnessed by the end of the week an almost uprising for the unemployed, that resulted in killing 6 of them by the fire of the British and Iraqi police forces, in demonstrations which the demonstrators said were peaceful.
Yesterday, the citizens of al-Amara city called for appointing a new governor for the city, and accused its current ruler of being involved in provoking the police to open fire against the demonstrators who had gathered on Saturday in front of the governorate's headquarters demanding work opportunities.
Saturday's confrontations resulted in killing 6 Iraqis and wounding other 8. Certain demonstrators accused members of the family of members in the Interim Governing Council, Karim Mahoud al-Mahmoudi, including Riyadh al- Mahoud, the governor of the city, of being involved to opening fire at the demonstrators.
Meantime, the American navy announced yesterday that two of its jet fighters attacked bases for the Iraqi resistance in Balad area, to the north of Baghdad, two days earlier, and dropped a 800 kg bomb as from Bahrain.
The occupation forces on Saturday evening detained 7 Iraqis, including one woman, in an operation in Baqouba city, and the woman threw a mortar at the soldier while they were inspecting her house, but the bomb did not explode.
In Musil, the Iraqi police said that a senior weapons trader in the city, Kazem Ismael Muhammad, was arrested, described as one of the most important weapons traders in the city of Musil.
Police chief in Larkouk said that unidentified persons attacked by anti- tank weopons an American patrol in Salah Eddine quarters, to the north of the city, but no casualties were reported. It said that two mortars blew up in front of one of the Sunni mosques, in the downtown of the city, and in front of the headquarters of the Kurdistani National Federation, and one of al-Bashmargha member was wounded as a result.
Meantime, the security forces of the national federation yesterday said they seized a car loaded with 100 Kg of TNT near the border between Iraq and Iran, noting that the incident is linked to Ansar al-Islam group.
Two soldiers from the Estonia force deployed in Iraq were wounded on Saturday in Baghdad, during a mortar attack near Abu Gharib market, against their patrol. The Estonia unit which is composed of 32 members working under the American leadership in Baghdad. It is in charge of searching for weapons and fighting smuggling.
The American army announced the discovery of "bomb factory," including large amounts of weapons, and two persons in the site were arrested in the place situated in Taji city, to the north of Baghdad.
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