US Warning Shot Kills Iraqi Girl

Troops fired toward woman who seemed to be signaling to confederate
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2008 5:30 AM CDT
Troops move in against suspected insurgents in Diyala. A young girl was killled in Diyala yesterday when US soldiers fired a warning shot towards a woman who appeared to be signaling their presence.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A warning shot fired by US soldiers killed a young Iraqi girl yesterday, AP reports. Troops in an area of Diyala province where several roadside bombs have recently been found fired a shot "near a suspicious woman who appeared to be signaling to someone while the soldiers were in the area," said a military spokesman. They later found the girl, who appeared to be 10 years old.

Soldiers gave the wounded girl medical attention but she died on the way to a hospital. "Coalition forces take the loss of any innocent civilian life seriously and the incident will be thoroughly investigated," said the spokesman. Elsewhere in Iraq, a rocket attack on a base killed three US soldiers, bringing the American death toll to 12 in three days.