US Troops Kill Boy in Iraq Grenade Attack

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 10, 2009 5:04 AM CDT
A girl observes a US army soldier as his unit secures a street in Baghdad yesterday.   (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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(Newser) – US troops in Mosul shot dead a 12-year-old boy who they said hurled a grenade at them, and American authorities complained that Iraqis are paying children to attack, Reuters reports. Iraqi police, however, denied the boy was involved. He was holding about $9 in his hand when he was killed. "We have reason to believe that insurgents are paying children to conduct these attacks, placing children in harm's way," said a US military spokesman. But Iraqi authorities said the boy was selling candy.