AFP is running a story saying British soldiers have fired on and killed Iraqi civilians, including an eight-year-old girl, in situations where there was apparently no serious threat and in many cases the British army has not even investigated the incidents, human rights group Amnesty International said in a report.
Amnesty cited the case of eight-year-old Hanan Saleh Matroud, who was fatally shot in the stomach in Karmat Ali on August 21, 2003 while soldiers from Company B of the 1st Battalion of the Kings’ Regiment were patrolling the town.
It quoted an eyewitness as saying: “Hanan was standing in the alley about 60 to 70 metres (yards) from the armoured vehicle. Suddenly a soldier aimed and fired a shot which hit Hanan in her lower torso”.
Two months later the British army sent a letter to the girl’s family acknowledging: “A soldier concerned for his own safety and the safety of his patrol fired a warning shot into the air in an attempt to disperse… stones throwers.”……
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