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Three Iraqis who were killed by coalition forces Monday were not police officers, as originally thought, officials said Tuesday.

The individuals had been identified as police by someone who was wounded in the exchange of gunfire between Iraqis and coalition forces, according to officials at Multi-National Force — Iraq.

And the Iraqis had used a vehicle that resembled local Iraqi police vehicles, officials said.

The forces were on a raid northwest of Ramadi to find members of al-Qaida in Iraq. Two men in buildings shot at them and they fired back, officials say.

The wounded individual, who was thought to be an Iraqi police officer, said the group consisted of police. But the three dead men were dressed in traditional Arabic garb, officials said Tuesday.

The forces had notified actual Iraqi police they were planning the raid. The police were again alerted before the forces entered the area, officials said, though no further explanation was given Tuesday.


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