Two Christian women were shot dead in their car at a Baghdad intersection today by security guards escorting a four-vehicle convoy. Which firm was involved has not been released, Reuters reports. A policeman who witnessed the shooting said the men fired a smoke bomb, apparently to warn the car, 100 yards away, to stay out of the intersection, the AP reports. The driver attempted to stop, but was killed when the men opened fire from several directions, the witness said.
Blackwater USA, accused of recklessness in the killing of 17 civilians last month, denied any involvement, as did the US embassy. In Northern Iraq today 19 were killed by two nearly simultaneous suicide car bombs which targeted a local police chief and a Sunni shiek who had turned against extremists in the area. Both men survived.