Heavy overnight US bombing of Kut killed 84 people and wounded nearly
180 others, a day after clashes between Iraqi police and Shiite militiamen
in the southern city, a hospital official said Thursday.

“There were 84 people killed and 176 wounded,” said Qassim al-Mayahi, head
of Al-Zahra hospital in Kut, although the health ministry said earlier that
75 people were killed in the bombing and 148 wounded.

Many of the dead and wounded were women and children, said another official
at the hospital..


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