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Iraq: U.S. Helicopter Kills Seven Iraqi Fighters

Tikrit, 14 November 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. military today said a U.S. Apache helicopter killed seven Iraqis who were about to launch a rocket attack on a U.S. base. A U.S. military spokeswoman, Josslyn Aberle, said the helicopter spotted the Iraqis late yesterday about 30 kilometers north of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

The spokeswoman said the seven were believed to be Hussein loyalists. One other Iraqi was wounded in the attack and captured while another Iraqi escaped.

U.S. soldiers later went to the area and discovered more than 600 missiles and rockets in two bunkers and on a flatbed truck.

In southern Baghdad, a roadside bomb exploded early today and injured two U.S. soldiers.