US contractors probed over shooting

Sixteen private American security guards are under investigation for shooting at US marines and Iraqi civilians during a three-hour period west of Baghdad.

    The guards fired on Iraqis and marines from their cars in Falluja

    The US Marine Corps said in a statement on Thursday that 16 Americans and three Iraqi contractors were held for three days late last month after they fired on Iraqis and marines from their cars in Falluja.

    No charges have yet been laid in the 28 May shootings.

    There were no casualties and the circumstances surrounding the shootings remain unclear.

    Many Iraqis resent high-profile security details, who speed along Iraqi highways in four-wheel drive vehicles bristling with automatic weapons.

    But senior government officials, who are prime targets of fighters wreaking havoc across Iraq, use private security firms for their own protection.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The number of Muslims in South Korea is estimated to be around 100,000, including foreigners.

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    With female foeticide still widespread, one woman tells her story of being mutilated for giving birth to her daughters.

    Zimbabwe: What's happening?

    Zimbabwe: What's happening?

    Situation tense as thousands march in Harare to call for Robert Mugabe's resignation days after military takeover.