(dpa) - At least one member of the Mahdi Army militia was killed on Friday and three civilians wounded when US helicopters attacked some houses in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, witnesses said.
US air raids targeted houses in Basra's Hussein district, which resulted in the death of one member of the Mahdi Army, which is loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, and the injuring of another three civilians, witnesses told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
Houses were also damaged in the attack.
In another development, US helicopters continued Friday to attack the Sadr City area of east Baghdad, witnesses told dpa.
Loud explosions could be heard in Sadr City, a stronghold of the Mahdi Army, which has been encircled by US and Iraqi troops since March 25.
Sadrist sources told dpa that joint US-Iraqi forces attacked the office of al-Sadr in Nomaneiya area in the city of Kut, some 170 kilometres south of the Iraqi capital.
Forces burnt the office after killing Sadrists inside it, they said.