Iraq: Allied Warplanes Bomb School
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Iraqi media accused allied warplanes of bombing a school Sunday in northern Iraq, injuring eight people and damaging the building, surrounding homes and nearby cars.
The official Iraqi-News Agency said the Al-Zanaziq elementary school in Mosul, 250 miles north of Baghdad, was hit at 11:05 a.m., when U.S. and British warplanes carried out 18 sorties over three northern provinces.
Three children _ identified as Heba Khalid Mahmoud, 3, Mena Omar Zuhair, 4, and Ahmed Mahmoud Jameel, 4 _ were among the eight wounded, INA reported. Two cars belonging to civilians and some homes also were damaged, the spokesman was quoted as saying.
The U.S. European Command, based in Germany, said in a statement Sunday evening that U.S. warplanes responded to Iraqi antiaircraft artillery fire by bombing air defense targets in northern Iraq. A U.S. military spokesman at Incirlik base in southern Turkey, from where U.S. planes head out to patrol northern Iraq, refused to discuss what was hit or where.
Allied warplanes have been patrolling the skies over northern Iraq since after the 1991 Persian Gulf War. So-called ``no-fly″ zones were set up to protect Kurds in the north and Shiites in the south from the Iraqi military.