The U.S. forces allegedly killed three people and wounded a fourth from one family in a town in Salahudin province, north of Baghdad, on Tuesday, a source from the U.S. and Iraqi liaison office said.
The incident took place at dawn in the town of al-Dowr, 30 km north of the provincial capital of Tikrit, the source from the provincial Joint Coordination Center (JCC) told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
He said that an interpreter working for the U.S. troops informed the branch of the JCC in the town of the killing and asked them to collect two bodies in a house in one of the town’s neighborhoods.
An Iraqi police force headed to the scene and found three bodies–those of a man and his wife in their 40s as well as their18-year-old son. All of the three were killed with gunshots in the head, he said.
The police also found many spent cartridges of weapons used by U.S. troops at the scene, he added.
Residents at the neighborhood told the police force that they heard gunshots at dawn and saw U.S. military vehicles leaving the neighborhood later, the source said.
He also said that a 16-year-old daughter of the family made a call with a mobile phone for help as she was injured and taken by the U.S. troops to a medical facility in a U.S. base in the province.
The three bodies were transported to the main hospital of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, he said.
The U.S. military did not confirm the incident yet.
On Monday, the U.S. military conceded in a statement that its troops had killed accidentally nine Iraqis and wounded three others, including two children, in a military operation against al-Qaida, near the town of Iskandariyah, about 50 km south of Baghdad.