US Troops Shoot Dead 15 Iraqis in Crowd: Jazeera

Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television said on Tuesday US troops fired on a crowd overnight in a town west of Baghdad, killing 15 Iraqis and wounding about 50 others.

Jazeera's Baghdad correspondent, speaking on air by telephone, said the incident happened around midnight (2000 GMT Monday) in Falluja, some 50 km west of the capital, after someone in the crowd threw a stone at the US troops.

The crowd of about 200 had reportedly finished Muslim evening prayers at a mosque and answered a call by preachers to protest against the continued presence of US forces in Iraq.

However, the report, which did not initially specify the source of its information, could not be independently confirmed.

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