UK Contractor Held in Green Zone Killing of 2 Co-Workers

Incident is second this summer of violence within protected Baghdad area
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2009 10:33 AM CDT
US soldiers from the 37th Engineer Company at the Crossed Swords monument in the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, June 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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(Newser) – A security contractor working in Iraq has been charged with fatally shooting two of his co-workers in Baghdad’s Green Zone, the Washington Post reports. Danny Fitzsimmons, an employee of British firm ArmorGroup Iraq, has been arrested in the killing of fellow Briton Paul McGuigan and Australian Darren Hoare in an argument. Fitzsimmons also allegedly shot and critically wounded an unidentified Iraqi male as he tried to escape the Green Zone after the incident.

A spokesman for Iraq’s interior ministry said the three men got into an argument while drinking. "They got into an argument and he started shooting his colleagues," Maj. Ge. Abdul Karim Khalaf said.