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  Hospitals looted in Baghdad
Updated 10 April 2003, 21.43
Loads of Iraqis have been looting
Looting is getting worse in Baghdad, with no police to keep control of the people.

Some are even taking stuff from hospitals in the city, according to International Red Cross officials.

Shortly after it got dark in Iraq's capital city a number of US Marines were killed by a suicide bomb attack.

US Marines were killed at a checkpoint
A US Marines spokesman wouldn't say how many had died, but confirmed others were injured as well.

Another US soldier was killed in a battle with Iraqi soldiers who are still loyal to President Saddam Hussein.

The United Nations say that US and UK soldiers aren't doing enough to stop the looting, which threatens to make the humanitarian crisis in Iraq worse.

Earlier in the day US-backed Kurdish forces moved into the centre of Kirkuk, an important city which controls the oil fields of northern Iraq.

And just like in Baghdad, the people living in Kirkuk have pulled down a big statue of Saddam Hussein and attacked government buildings.

Although there are small groups of Iraqi soldiers still fighting back, most have apparently escaped the town.

But not everyone is happy with the Kurds' success in Kirkuk.

Turkey - the country directly to the north of Iraq - says it is unacceptable that the Kurds are allowed to control the city.

They are worried that Kurdish people might try and build their own brand new country in the north of Iraq - something the Turkish government really doesn't want.

Kurdish commanders have told journalists that their soldiers will leave the city soon, making way for more US troops.

Other main points

  • A prominent Iraqi Shia Muslim leader, Abd al-Majid al-Khoei, and another cleric, Haydar Kilidar, are murdered in a mosque in the southern holy city of Najaf - and the White House strongly condemns the attack
  • US President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair broadcast messages direct to the Iraqi people on a new TV station, Towards Freedom, set up by coalition forces
  • US and UK planes bomb Saddam Hussein's home city of Tikrit, about 145 kilometres (90 miles) north of Baghdad

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