Three Iraqis shot dead in last 24 hours
During a protest involving former Iraqi troops in the southern city of Basra, British forces shot and killed at least one person. Capt. Hisham Halawi said the Basra protest broke out when ex-soldiers acted on a false rumor that Saturday was the last day they would receive stipend payments.
"An Iraqi was shot and killed by members of the coalition forces, and the incident is under investigation," Maj. Niall Greenwood said in Basra, according to The AP.
In a similar incident, Dr. Abbas Jafaar from al-Yarmouk Hospital in the capital said one ex-soldier died from a gunshot wound to the head and 25 people were hurt during the Baghdad riot.
Witnesses said U.S. forces, who have a large base near where the violence erupted at a former military airport in central Baghdad, fired shots in the air and Iraqi police fired into the crowd.
An Iraqi was also killed in a raid just south of Kirkuk when he ignored orders to surrender and tried to flee the site of a weapons cache. Soldiers found 10 launchers for rocket propelled grenades hidden in a haystack along with nine rockets, the US military said. (Albawaba.com)