Five killed in Iraq terror raid
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The U.S. military says five people -- two suspected terrorists, two women and a child -- were killed in a raid in northwest Baquba on Friday.
Four people were detained and 23 others, including some women and children, were injured in the raid.
In a statement, the military said the operation was aimed at "terrorists associated with senior al Qaeda in Iraq network members who have been targeted in previous coalition operations and have been linked to several attacks against Iraqi citizens.
"Intelligence also indicates that the targeted terrorists have extensive links to foreign fighters in the area," the military said in a statement.
The Diyala Joint Coordination Center, however, said those killed were an Iraqi family -- a father, mother, daughter, son and small child.
The military said it regretted civilian casualties "while coalition forces search to rid Iraq of terrorism."
It said "terrorists continue to deliberately place innocent Iraqi women and children in danger by their actions and presence."
In its account of the raid, the U.S. military said: "The target area consisted of a block of buildings. As the troops began to secure the area, they received small arms fire from the roof top of one of the initial target buildings and the terrorists attempted to reposition themselves between and on top of the adjacent buildings.
"After the target block was contained, several men were seen moving around on the roof tops. The ground force twice gave verbal instructions for all occupants to exit the target buildings. These instructions were ignored.
"Aerial fires were placed on the building and then halted. A third attempt to call the occupants out of the buildings then failed before force was escalated. "
Air and ground fire helped secure the site, the statement said.
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