FALLUJAH, Iraq — Unknown assailants launched rocket-propelled grenades overnight at US troops guarding a power station in this flashpoint town west of Baghdad, an AFP correspondent reported Tuesday.
One Iraqi man was killed by US tank fire during searches after the attack, the second against the power station in less than a week.
A US military spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm the incident.
The attack occurred at 1:15 am (2115 GMT Monday) at a power distribution station, when two rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) were fired at the US troops guarding the facility, the correspondent witnessed.
There was no major damage caused to the power plant located on the town's main avenue.
US troops immediately fanned out around the al-Dubat neighbourhood, with tanks and infantry opening fire.
One man, identified as Feras Fawzi al-Saab, 30, was standing at the gate of his house when he was shot dead, the reporter added. The man was decapitated by the shots.
US soldiers guarded the corpse, refusing to allow residents to remove it, he added.
On Friday, attackers fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the same power plant and two more RPGs against a nearby government office, destroying one of the station's two transformers.
The US troops had then evacuated the power station. On Sunday, the US forces were seen back at the station, with gigantic sandbags erected as a protection wall outside the utility.
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