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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2008 3:31 am | Updated: 9:35 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

BAGHDAD - Separate missile attacks by U.S. helicopters on Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood left five people dead injured four injured, Iraqi police said Thursday.

The U.S. military said four gunmen were killed late Wednesday by Hellfire missiles targeting a group of men who firing at troops putting up concrete barriers around a checkpoint.

However, police who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media, said two of those killed in the attack were brothers aged seven and nine.

In a separate incident, police said a man was killed and four injured when missiles hit a building in Sadr City on Thursday morning.

Sadr City is a principal stronghold of the Mahdi Army militia of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Government troops supported by the U.S. military have been fighting to gain control of the district of 2.5 million people for the past 10 days.

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