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VOICE OF AMERICA
SLUG: 2-323024 Pentagon/IraqShooting (S)
DATE:
NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=3/4/2005

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=PENTAGON / IRAQ SHOOTING (S-ONLY)

NUMBER=2-323024

BYLINE=AL PESSIN

DATELINE=PENTAGON

CONTENT=

HEADLINE: Military Acknowledges Coalition Forces Fired at Journalist's Car

INTRO: The U.S. military has acknowledged that coalition forces fired at the car carrying freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena in Baghdad Friday evening, but says the vehicle was approaching a checkpoint at a high rate of speed. VOA's Al Pessin reports from the Pentagon.

TEXT: Speaking from the coalition press center in Baghdad, Sergeant Salju Thomas read the military's first official statement on the incident.

/// ACTUALITY THOMAS ///

"At approximately 8:55 pm tonight, coalition forces assigned to Multi-national Forces, Iraq, fired on a vehicle that was approaching a coalition checkpoint in Baghdad at a high rate of speed. The recently freed Italian journalist, Giuliana Sgrena, was an occupant in the vehicle, and was apparently injured. It appears, a second person in the automobile was killed. Miss Sgrena is being treated by coalition forces medical personnel."

/// END ACT ///

Sergeant Thomas also said the incident is still under investigation.

There have been several instances in which coalition forces fired on vehicles that sped up to checkpoints, ignoring signs and verbal warnings to slow down and stop. Vehicles rushing up to checkpoints and other coalition installations have sometimes turned out to be filled with explosives, and caused numerous deaths and injuries when they were detonated. (SIGNED)

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