December 29, 2016 / 7:02 PM / 9 months ago

Possible civilian casualties in Mosul air strike: Pentagon

Members of Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militant positions in west of Mosul, Iraq, December 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An air strike by the U.S.-led coalition near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul hit a van in a hospital compound parking lot and could have killed civilians, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

A van carrying Islamic State fighters was targeted and hit in the air strike, the Combined Joint Strike Force said in a statement. “The van was struck in what was later determined to be a hospital compound parking lot resulting in possible civilian casualties,” it said.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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