US Troops Kill Iraqi Child at Checkpoint

U.S. soldiers killed an Iraqi child and wounded another when they
fired on a car that failed to stop at a checkpoint in Baghdad, the army
said on Tuesday.

"Soldiers fired on the vehicle after the driver failed to obey verbal and
visual instructions to stop, switched off the vehicle lights, and forced
guards out of the way as he attempted to bypass the checkpoint," a U.S.
military statement said.

It said the incident happened late on Monday.

The statement said the mother and the wounded child were taken to hospital
while the father, who was driving, was questioned by police.

Many Iraqis accuse U.S. soldiers of being too hasty to open fire and of
killing many innocent civilians. Baghdad residents say they often fail to
notice poorly-lit and unannounced checkpoints while driving at night. Power
cuts regularly plunge streets into darkness, making checkpoints even harder
to spot


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