US soldiers in convoy kill Iraqi civilian airport worker

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 28, 2010 13:26

BAGHDAD — US troops who thought they were under attack killed an Iraqi airport employee Sunday as he drove near a military convoy on his way to work, officials said.

The driver, identified by colleagues as Baghdad International Airport worker Karim Obaid Bardan, failed to heed repeated signals to slow down or turn on his headlights as he neared the military convoy, said US and Iraqi security officials.

"As a result, the vehicle was perceived as a threat and a decision was made to engage it with small-arms fire in order to stop it and to protect the convoy from a possible attack," said Army Col. Barry Johnson, a US military spokesman in Baghdad.

"Iraqi drivers know that they must use caution and avoid threatening behavior when approaching military vehicles," Johnson said.


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