Kut, Mar 27, (VOI) - The death toll from the armed clashes that flared up last Monday between security forces and gunmen in Wassit rose to 40 dead and 75 wounded, the chief of local police said on Thursday.
“The death toll from the clashes in the province rose to 40 dead and 75 wounded, all of them civilians, including women and children,” General Abdul Hanin Hamoud Saleh al-Amara said at a press conference in Wassit.
“Police and army forces, backed by U.S. troops, controlled the province,” he added.
Basra and a number of southern provinces have been a hotbed of fierce armed confrontations since Monday between security forces and armed groups, during which scores of civilians were killed and wounded.
Kut, capital of Wassit, lies 180 km southeast of Baghdad.
Jay Gory, The Cheers News
TAGS: Middle-East IraqKut