Saturday, February 10, 2007

1 dies as 2 civilian contractors shot in 'escalation of force' incident Monday at Camp Anaconda

A guard on watch at Camp Anaconda. The time of the incident was not revealed.

The U.S. military confirmed on Saturday that American forces at Camp Anaconda, the huge air base north of Baghdad, shot and killed a civilian contract truck driver.

A spokeswoman for KBR, a contracting subsidiary of Halliburton that was formerly known as Kellogg, Brown & Root, said the shooting was under investigation.

Melissa Norcross, the KBR spokeswoman, said the company was not releasing the name of the dead driver or a second person in the truck who was wounded ``to protect the individuals' privacy.''

In Baghdad, Lt. Cmdr. Bill speaks said, ``There was an escalation of force incident at Camp Anaconda on Feb. 5 (Monday) that resulted in the death of a civilian contractor. The incident is under investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Division and KBR.''

An escalation of force incident normally means a driver approaching a checkpoint did not respond to military orders to approach slowly and stop.

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