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Iraqi civilian Killed Trying to Drive Through a Checkpoint

Mosul, Iraq
-- An Iraqi civilian was killed and two others were wounded when they tried speeding their truck through a Multi-National Force checkpoint on Jan. 17 in northern Iraq.

Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, tried to halt the vehicle west of Mosul. The vehicle was suspected of being a car bomb. The Soldiers used hand signals and warning shots before shooting at the vehicle and wounding the driver and its passengers.

All three were evacuated to a local hospital. One of the Iraqi civilians was pronounced dead on arrival. The other two remain hospitalized.

Multi-National Forces have previously warned civilians to obey all signals given by military troops and all signs directing them how to react to checkpoints.

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