4 killed in army attack in Iraq's Fallujah

FALLUJAH – Four Iraqis have been killed in an airstrike that targeted a passenger vehicle in the western city of Fallujah, a tribal source said Monday.

"The aircraft shelled a vehicle carrying ten people in the city," the source told Anadolu Agency.

Two women, an elderly man and his son were killed in the attack.

According to the source, the passengers – all members of the same family – had been trying to flee violence in the city.

Hospital spokesman Wessam al-Issawi confirmed the fatalities, saying that six people had also been injured in the army onslaught.

Meanwhile, ten civilians were injured when the army shelled residential areas in Fallujah.

There has been no comment on the reports by the Iraqi army.

The army has been waging a major military operation in the restive Anbar province since last December with the stated aim of flushing out Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Hundreds have been killed and injured since violence broke out late last year in Anbar's two key cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, according to government estimates.

Tens of thousands have also reportedly been displaced due to the violence.

Many local Sunni tribes opposed to Iraq's Shiite-dominated government, meanwhile, continue to voice anger over the army campaign's mounting civilian death toll.

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