Two Frenchmen shot dead in Iraq

Two French nationals have been killed and a third wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Iraqi town of Falluja.

    Resistance to the US occupation in Falluja is fierce

    French foreign ministry spokesman Herve

    Ladsous said on Tuesday that t

    he French nationals were in Iraq working for US companies,

    tasked with rebuilding infrastructure in and around

    Baghdad.

    They were driving in a convoy near Falluja, west of the Iraqi

    capital, when their car broke down, diplomats said.

    The occupants of

    a passing vehicle shot at the French men, killing two and wounding

    the third.

    No further details were immediately available on the timing or circumstances of their deaths.

    Foreign citizens attacked

    "These tragic events lead us to recall, as posted on the foreign

    ministry's website, that it is urgent that all French nationals

    currently in Iraq make themselves known to our consular authorities

    and to the French interests section," Ladsous said.

    The three French nationals in Falluja were not registered with

    French consular services in Iraq, he noted.

    Several foreign citizens have been killed in attacks by resistance fighters

    opposed to US-led occupying forces that deposed

    former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

    Two Japanese diplomats and seven Spanish intelligence

    officers were shot and killed in Iraq in separate attacks in

    November.

    SOURCE: AFP


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