Sunday, October 07, 2007

Blackwater Faulted In Military Reports From Shooting Scene

The Washington Post, October 5, 2007

By Sudarsan Raghavan, Joshua Partlow and Karen DeYoung
Washington Post Foreign Service

BAGHDAD, Oct. 4 -- U.S. military reports from the scene of the Sept. 16 shooting incident involving the security firm Blackwater USA indicate that its guards opened fire without provocation and used excessive force against Iraqi civilians, according to a senior U.S. military official.

The reports came to light as an Interior Ministry official and five eyewitnesses described a second deadly shooting minutes after the incident in Nisoor Square. The same Blackwater security guards, after driving about 150 yards away from the square, fired into a crush of cars, killing one person and injuring two, the Iraqi official said.

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