BAGHDAD - Eight civilians died and five
were wounded Thursday by a missile that hit a
vegetable market at Nahrawan on the southeastern
edge of Baghdad, an Iraqi hospital source said.
The casualties were taken to Baghdad's al-Kindi
hospital, a photographer reported.
In Qatar, US Central Command (Centcom)
announced it was investigating the report, adding
"At this time, Central Command has no
Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Said
al-Sahhaf said US-British bombing of Baghdad
Thursday killed 27 civilians and wounded 193.
However, at Centcom a senior US commander
rejected suggestions that US and British forces
have been "bombing Baghdad" indiscriminately,
insisting that every site targetted so far in the
city has been military in nature.
"Our attacks against anything in Baghdad are
precision attacks ... against specific regime or
against a military complex, something that has
military relevance," Brigadier General Vincent
Brooks acknowledged "that the regime has some
different evidence" but said it stemmed from "what
they've been doing to their own population".
US commanders and spokesmen say that forces
loyal to Saddam Hussein may be deliberately
harming their own people and then blaming the
coalition for the actions.
US military investigators are, meanwhile,
looking into the attack on Hilla, 80 kilometers
(50 miles) south of the capital, where the local
hospital director said 33 people died and 300 were
hurt in a coalition air strike on Tuesday.
They are also investigating reports that
coalition planes struck a Red Crescent maternity
hospital in Baghdad on Wednesday.
Witnesses said one person was killed and a
dozen people were wounded when aircraft targeting
the site of Baghdad's annual trade fair blasted