Iraqi PM disputes Blackwater USA's version of weekend shooting

September 19, 2007 14:37

Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday disputed Blackwater USA's version of a weekend shooting that left at least 11 people dead and declared he would not tolerate "the killing of our citizens in cold blood." Land travel by US diplomats and other civilian officials outside the fortified Green Zone remained suspended for a second day after Iraqi authorities ordered Blackwater to stop working as an investigation continues into the Sunday incident. The Moyock, NC-based firm is the main provider of bodyguards and armed escorts for American government civilian employees in Iraq. US Embassy spokeswoman Mirembe Nantongo said the contractors involved in the shooting are still in Iraq, but she refused to comment on the specifics of the case pending an investigation.

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