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Tuesday April 6, 2004
Hundreds of U.S. and Iraqi troops in tanks and armored Humvees surrounded the city of Fallujah, Iraq, on Monday, ready to launch a crackdown on insurgents after a mob killed four Americans and mutilated their bodies.

Explosions and gunfire were heard from the city including a string of up to 30 blasts, apparently shelling, late Monday as Marines met resistance while probing the outer neighborhoods of the city with reconnaissance missions.

At least one Iraqi gunman was killed in the exchanges. A U.S. Marine was killed in the area earlier Monday.

Troops dug trenches on the city's edges, sealed off roads in and out and imposed a nighttime curfew.

U.S. commanders have been vowing a massive response to pacify Fallujah after the slaying of the four American civilians who were under contract to the U.S. coalition as security guards on Wednesday. Source.

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