Daily Revolt

November 27, 2007

Five killed at Iraq roadblocks, U.S. says

This could be bad. This is part of the problem of occupying a country in where you don't speak the language. Just another argument for getting out:
American troops fired on vehicles trying to drive through roadblocks, killing at least five people, including one child, in two separate incidents, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

One shooting in Baghdad took place in a northern neighborhood known to be a Shiite militia stronghold as the driver of a minibus collected employees to go to work at the Rasheed bank, police said.

U.S. troops fired on the bus after the driver approached a U.S. roadblock Tuesday morning and tried to drive through. As many as four passengers were killed, including three women, police and hospital officials said.

In a statement, the American military said the driver was traveling on a street restricted to cars, and failed to heed a warning shot. The U.S. statement said only two people were killed and four wounded. A manager at Rasheed bank also said the shooting claimed two lives.

The dead and injured were taken to Kindi Hospital, hospital officials said. The police and hospital officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to release information about the shooting.

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