Wednesday, May 09, 2007

U.S.: Only 2 of 5 bystanders killed in helicopter attack were children, denies attack on school

An armament specialist makes sure the 30mm chain gun on an AH-64D Apache Attack Helicopter is clear before loading more ammunition.

BAGHDAD, May 9 (Reuters) - A U.S. attack helicopter killed five bystanders including two children when it fired on insurgents north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Donnelly, a spokesman for U.S. forces stationed north of the Iraqi capital, denied some media reports that the helicopter had fired on a school on Tuesday.

"It's traumatic and entirely unfortunate that this happened," Donnelly said by telephone, adding an investigation had been opened into how the civilans could have been killed.

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