A man who failed to stop for a traffic policeman and a screaming woman with a baby in her arms were shot dead as they crossed a busy Baghdad intersection guarded by private US security guards, according to a harrowing Iraqi account of the incident Sunday that left eight civilians dead. Iraq's Interior Ministry has concluded that the Blackwater guards were not returning fire when they started shooting, reports the New York Times.
The American analysis of the incident has not been completed, and officials declined to make any statements about what they believe happened. But the Times notes that other witnesses have reported Iraqi commandos firing on the Blackwater guards from a watchtower. The Iraqi report says that foreign security companies should be replaced by Iraqi companies, and the immunity security guards should be revoked.