Monday, August 18, 2003

Journalist Shot to Death By U.S. Troops

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 18 — The U.S. military acknowledged Monday that U.S. troops had accidentally killed (Mazan Dana,) a television journalist after soldiers mistook his camera for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

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Dana’s driver, however, thought the cameraman, 43, has been deliberately shot. “There were many journalists around. They knew we were journalists,” aid Munzer Abbas. “This was not an accident.”

Stephan Breitner of France 2 television echoed that view. “We were all there, for at least half an hour. They knew we were journalists. After they shot Mazen, they aimed their guns at us. I don’t think it was accident. They are very tense. They are crazy.”



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