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    US, UK jets bomb Iraqi oil factory; four killed BAGHDAD, Dec 1: Four people were killed and 27 injured on Sunday when US and British warplanes struck civilian
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      US, UK jets bomb Iraqi oil factory; four killed

      BAGHDAD, Dec 1: Four people were killed and 27 injured on Sunday
      when US and British warplanes struck civilian installations in
      southern Iraq.

      "Four citizens were killed and 27 injured when enemy warplanes
      bombed civilian and services installations" in Basra and two other
      southern provinces, a military spokesman was quoted by the INA news
      agency as saying.

      Residents of Basra said at least eight people were killed and 20
      injured when Western warplanes bombed the premises of the Southern
      Oil Company.

      Two rockets hit the compound in the morning, killing at least eight
      people and wounding around 20, they said. A large number of passers-
      by were also slightly injured by flying glass. Between 600 and 700
      employees were in the premises at the time of the raid on Basra, 560
      kilometres south of Baghdad.

      The military spokesman said coalition aircraft raided the provinces
      of Basra, Zi Qar, 375 kilometres south of Baghdad, and Al Kut,
      170kms south of the capital.

      The planes staged 62 "armed sorties" over a dozen locations in the
      south, the spokesman said. "Iraqi missile batteries and ground
      defences confronted the warplanes, forcing them to flee to their
      bases in Kuwait," he said.

      "The American and British criminals have thus perpetrated another
      ugly crime to be added to their ongoing crimes against the brave and
      steadfast people of Iraq," the spokesman added.

      The US Central Command said coalition warplanes had bombed an Iraqi
      air defence site on Sunday in response to Iraqi anti-aircraft fire
      against the US and British aircraft.

      "Operation Southern Watch coalition aircraft used precision-guided
      weapons today to target Iraqi air defence facilities," 274
      kilometres southeast of Baghdad, according to a statement released
      from command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base, outside Tampa,
      in the southern US state of Florida.

      Sunday's strikes come as UN experts are searching Iraq for forbidden
      arms amid US and British charges that it concealed key parts of its
      weapons of mass destruction programmes from the previous UN mission,
      a claim denied by Baghdad.-AFP

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top16.htm&date=20021202
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