AGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The United States military acknowledged dropping a
500-pound bomb on the wrong house outside the northern city of Mosul on
Saturday, killing five people. But the man who owned the house said the
bomb killed 14 people – including seven children”¦
Late Saturday, a U.S. military statement said an F-16 jet dropped a
500-pound GPS-guided bomb on a house that was meant to be searched during
an operation to capture ”an anti-Iraqi force cell leader.”
“The house was not the intended target for the airstrike. The intended
target was another location nearby,” the military said in a statement.
The homeowner, Ali Yousef, told Associated Press Television News that the
airstrike happened at about 2:30 a.m., and American troops immediately
surrounded the area, blocking access for four hours. The brick house was
reduced to a pile of rubble, according to an Associated Press photographer
at the scene.
An Associated Press photographer said from the scene that 14 members of the
same family – seven children, four women and three men – were killed, and
six people were wounded, including another child.