US troops in Iraq fire on vehicle carrying Canadians
A vehicle carrying four members of Canada's diplomatic staff in Iraq was fired on by US troops but nobody was injured.india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 12:36 IST
A vehicle carrying four members of Canada's diplomatic staff in Iraq was fired on by US troops but nobody was injured, according to media reports.
The vehicle came under friendly fire on Tuesday after it apparently attempted to pass an American convoy inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, US military spokesman Lt Col Barry Johnson said in a statement reported by Canadian Press.
"There were two convoys. We're looking at the reason shots may have been fired," Johnson said.
Pamela Greenwell, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Affairs Department in Ottawa, confirmed the incident.
However, she could not identify who was in the vehicle.
Greenwell told Canadian Press that it involved "four members of Canada's small mission in Iraq."
CTV News reported the Canadian vehicle was travelling alone from the British legation to Canada's quarters in Baghdad when it attempted to pass the US convoy and failed to respond to hand signals from American troops.
When the car failed to stop, the soldiers shot over the vehicle and then fired into the engine block, CTV said.