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  Iraqis killed as hunt for Saddam stepped up
Updated 28 July 2003, 08.18
US troops were tipped off that one of Saddam's relatives was hiding in the house
At least five Iraqi people are thought to have died in a raid by US troops searching for Saddam Hussein and his supporters.

The troops forced their way into a house in Baghdad after being tipped off that one of Saddam's relatives was hiding in there.

They left after searching the house, but no-one was arrested.

A bullet hole at the house raided by US troops
A bullet hole at the house raided by US troops

The troops opened fire when a car pulled up outside the house during their search.

A local hospital reported that five people were killed.

The search for Saddam and his followers has been stepped up since his sons Uday and Qusay died in a raid last week.

It's thought the troops were looking for one of Saddam's other sons, Ali, in this latest raid.

'Matter of time'

The hunt for Saddam himself is also going strong.

America's top military officials said it was "just a matter of time" before the former leader was found.

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