US bombings leave 56 dead: medic

Heavy overnight US bombardment of Kut has killed 56 people and wounded more than 110, one day after clashes between police and Shi’ite Muslim militiamen in the southern Iraqi city, a medic said today.

‘American planes started bombing the al-Shakia district, in southern Kut after 3am (0900 AEST),’ said Kut hospital director, Khader Fadal Arar.

‘They destroyed 18 houses and killed 56 people and injured more than 110, some of them very seriously,’ he said.

Many of the dead and wounded were women and children, Arar added.

– AFP”

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