U.S. troops fire on Italian hostage’s car

by on March 4th, 2005

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/03/04/iraq.main/index.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, freed after one month of captivity, was wounded and one of her bodyguards was killed when U.S. troops shot at her car near a Baghdad checkpoint Friday night, multinational officials said.

According to a multinational forces statement, the car approached the checkpoint at high speed about 9 p.m. (1 p.m. ET)

U.S. troops “attempted to warn the driver to stop by hand and arm signals, flashing white lights, and firing warning shots in front of the car,” the statement said. “When the driver didn’t stop, the soldiers shot into the engine block, which stopped the vehicle, killing one and wounding two others.”

The statement said the other wounded person was a man who was treated at the scene but refused to go to the hospital.

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