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BAGHDAD (Reuters) U.S.-led forces in Iraq killed seven militants with links to senior al Qaeda leaders in a raid on Monday near the area where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed last week, the U.S. military said.

It said there were several women and children at the scene and that two children had also been killed.

“Coalition Forces received enemy machine gun fire from a rooftop upon arriving at the objective,” it said. “Coalition aircraft supporting the ground force immediately suppressed the enemy fire, killing seven.”

“Following the assault, coalition troops discovered two children had been killed. One child was wounded and evacuated for treatment,” the statement added.

Three insurgents were wounded in the operation and two others detained, it said.

The raid took place near the town of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad. Zarqawi, al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, was killed in a U.S. air raid in a village north of Baquba on Wednesday.

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