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  More heavy fighting in Iraqi city
Updated 27 April 2004, 21.46
US soldiers have been fighting again in Falluja
Heavy fighting between US troops and Iraqis in the city of Falluja has started for a second night in a row.

US tanks and aircraft are reported to have fired on the city, with flames and smoke seen pouring into the night sky.

US forces say the violence is not part of a plan to take control of Falluja, and they are just targeting places where they were attacked from before.

The fighting comes hours after a US deadline for Iraqis in Falluja to hand over any weapons they may have had.

Falluja, Iraq
At the same time as the fighting happened an important Iraqi politician was speaking to the United Nations.

Lakhdar Brahimi was explaining to the UN some of the details of the transfer of power from the US coalition to a group of Iraqis on 30 June.

Earlier, US forces said they had killed 64 Shia Muslim militiamen and destroyed an anti-aircraft weapon in fighting near the holy city of Najaf.

That fighting happened on Monday, after US troops took over a base left behind by Spanish troops when they returned home.

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