Iraq probes shootout with Kuwaiti coast guard

January 11, 2011 18:13


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BAGHDAD  — Iraqi fishermen killed a Kuwaiti coast guard member during a shootout in one of the more serious incidents between the neighboring countries in years, Iraqi officials said Tuesday.

There have been constant, low-level incidents between the two countries along the narrow waterway that separates them, with Iraqi fishermen complaining of harassment by Kuwaitis and the Kuwaiti government maintaining that the fishermen do not respect their boundaries.

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement that a Kuwaiti officer was killed in the skirmish Monday in the Gulf, and his men responded by sinking the Iraqi boat.

Al-Dabbagh said four Iraqi fishermen were then detained by the Kuwaitis. Iraqi authorities are questioning another five Iraqis involved in the incident.

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