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Militants assault police, raid headquarters in Najaf

by Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

June 10, 2004 – Relatives of an Iraqi militant killed during a firefight with local Iraqi police Thursday raided police headquarters and a second station in the city of Najaf. While news reports identify the gunmen as loyalists to rebel cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, the incident does not appear to be a sanctioned action of Al-Sadr’s Medhi Army militia. "We are trying to convince them to stop shooting," Al-Sadr spokesman Qais al-Khazali told reporters during the two hour offensive. The number of assailants is not known, but Najaf Governor Adnan Al-Zurufi said fighters overwhelmed the reaction unit sent to assist police. When the militants withdrew two hours later, two Mehdi fighters and three policemen lay dead. Local hospital officials said 29 other Iraqis were wounded in the fighting, including at least eight children. The attack does not appear part of a militia offensive, and is not being considered a breach of the June 4 truce between US troops and the Medhi Army. Both sides have affirmed their commitment to the truce.

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