Iraqi police said an American military convoy killed Khalaf Hussein and his wife Safra Ibraheem as he was approaching the convoy on a main road west of Kerkuk yesterday.
Private security guard shoots taxi driver dead in Iraq
Posted Mon Nov 12, 2007 http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/11/12/2088851.htm?section=world
A taxi driver has been shot dead by a guard hired to protect US diplomats in Baghdad, sparking a fresh row over the deployment of private security companies in Iraq.
A policeman who witnessed the shooting by the guard from US company Dyncorp, in the north Baghdad neighbourhood of Utafiya, said the incident was unprovoked.
Major General Abdul Karim Khalaf, director of operations of the Interior Ministry, confirmed the shooting.
"One person was killed by a security company at 11:30 am in Utafiyah on Saturday," he said.
"An investigation has been launched."
The policeman who witnessed the shooting said that the taxi driver apparently thought the convoy had passed and started moving after having come to a halt on the side of the road.
Guards in the last car in the convoy fired three shots without warning, two into the car's engine block and one into the driver's chest, killing him, the policeman said.
The Iraqi Cabinet last month backed a law that revokes the immunity granted to private security firms operating in Iraq.
The issue of immunity has been hotly debated after a series of shootouts involving private security guards, including a September 16 incident when employees of the US company Blackwater fired on civilians in Baghdad, killing 17.