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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shell Hits Pro-U.S. Iraqi Office

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A mortar shell slammed into a coalition-run humanitarian aid office north of Baghdad, killing an Iraqi and wounding 12 others, the latest of several attacks targeting Iraqis working with U.S. forces, the military said Thursday. No U.S. forces were hurt.

The mortar round hit the Civil Military Operations Center in Samarra, 120 kilometers north of Baghdad on Wednesday. U.S. soldiers heard three explosions and asked local police to investigate, a statement from U.S. Central Command said.

The statement said Samarra police found the injured and killed and that soldiers were unable to find the attackers.

The office coordinates between the military and civilian, nongovernment agencies in humanitarian assistance.

In tactical shift earlier this week, gunmen fired into the Fallujah mayor's office and courthouse and a Khaldiyah police station -- offices that have been working with Americans.

Iraqis also mourned two men shot by U.S. forces during a demonstration of disgruntled former army officers -- the same day a U.S.soldier was shot dead at a propane distribution point.

In Washington, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday at the Pentagon that groups of 10 to 20 people were behind the attacks on soldiers, not "large military formations."

A U.S. soldier was killed Wednesday by two gunmen who walked to the propane distribution point that his squad was guarding and shot him at close range. A second soldier was wounded.