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Iraq Claims Allied Jets Attacked

April 11, 1999

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Allied planes struck civil and military targets in southern Iraq Sunday, killing two people and wounding nine others, the Iraqi military reported.

The U.S. Central Command confirmed that American planes had attacked Iraqi missile batteries, but gave no word of casualties.

The attacks were in retaliation for anti-aircraft fire and ``illumination of coalition aircraft by targeting radar and a subsequent surface-to-air missile attack on coalition aircraft″ on Saturday, Central Command in Florida said in a statement.

In Baghdad, the air defense command said: ``Enemy formations bombarded some of our civil installations and weapons positions.″

``The bombardment resulted of the killing of two citizens and the injury of nine others, including two women from Qadissiya province,″ the official Iraqi News Agency reported the command as saying. Qadissiya is 125 miles southeast of Baghdad.

Iraq did not identify the nationality of the planes, but gave types of aircraft used by the American and British air forces to patrol the southern ``no-fly″ zone. The zone was set up after the 1991 Gulf War to protect rebels from Iraqi government aircraft.

``Our air defense units confronted the enemy warplanes, forcing them to flee back towards Kuwait and Saudia Arabia,″ the Iraqi statement said.

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