Left: Iraqi woman mourning her dead relatives; photo courtesy of AP
(Samarra, Iraq) In what will likely become another embarassing moment for the US military, American troops shot at a car that failed to stop at an observation post in a city north of Baghdad, killing two Iraqi women.
One of the women was reportedly pregnant and on her way to a Baghdad hospital.
Shots were fired to disable the vehicle," said military officials in a statement to The Associated Press. "Coalition forces later received reports from Iraqi police that two women had died from gunshot wounds ... and one of the females may have been pregnant."
The US military said that the car had entered a "clearly marked prohibited area" near an observation post.
Khalid Nisaif Jassim, brother of the pregnant woman, said American troops had blocked off the side road just two weeks ago, and that news about the checkpoint had been slow to reach rural areas.
The shooting incident comes on the heels of news reports about an alleged massacre in the town of Haditha last November, in which US Marines may have killed 23 unarmed civilians in retaliation for the death of a fellow soldier, Lance Corporal Miguel Terrazas.