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U.S. military probing raid near Balad

Separate investigation into deaths of civilians

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In this March photo, Iraqis mourn some of those killed in the raid in Ishaqi.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The U.S. military told CNN it is investigating an incident in March near Balad in which Iraqi civilians were killed during a U.S. raid.

The probe comes amid concern over U.S. military conduct in Iraq, stoked by claims of a massacre by Marines of 24 civilians in Haditha last November.

This latest incident under investigation took place on March 15 in the Abu Seffa district in the town of Ishaqi, 10 miles north of Balad.

Iraqi police said 11 people were killed in a U.S.-led raid against a suspected al Qaeda in Iraq site, including five children -- the youngest 6 months old -- four women, and two men were killed. The U.S. military provided a lower casualty count, saying an insurgent, two women and a child were killed.

At the time, U.S. military spokesman Tim Keefe said U.S.-led forces staged the raid and came under fire as they approached a building, and air support fired on the site.

"Coalition forces returned fire, utilizing both air and ground assets," Keefe said, according to The New York Times. The target building was destroyed along with one vehicle.

A man believed to be a "foreign fighter facilitator" was taken into coalition custody and was being questioned.

A Balad police official told CNN at the time that eyewitnesses claimed that U.S. soldiers kept an entire family in a room before spraying them with bullets randomly.

U.S. soldiers destroyed the building, the official said.

Also, the official said U.S. soldiers killed livestock belonging to people in the house.

The official said police found bullet casings in the house that would only have been used by U.S. soldiers.

Police started an investigation, filming inside and outside the house, the official said.

A BBC report on Thursday was airing video of the aftermath of the incident, footage that was obtained from a Sunni political group. The BBC says the video shows dead bodies with gunshot wounds.

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq and Jennifer Deaton contributed to this report.

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