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Shiite militants seize public buildings in central Iraqi city

Supporters of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr seized the main police station and other public buildings in this central Iraqi city Sunday, capping a day of violent clashes with US-led coalition troops. An AFP correspondent saw them move into government institutions only hours after clashes broke out between demonstrators and coalition troops near a Spanish base outside the holy Shiite Muslim city of Najaf, south of Kufa. Twenty Iraqis were killed in the fighting, which also claimed the life of one Salvadoran soldier serving under the Spanish banner, according to the US-led coalition. Some 200 people were wounded, with coalition forces saying one US soldier was injured. Full Story

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