- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 4, 2009

BAGHDAD | U.S. soldiers shot and wounded a woman — identified by an Iraqi television station as one of its producers — after she failed to heed warnings to stop near a Baghdad checkpoint that has been targeted by suicide bombs and car bombs recently, Iraqi and U.S. military officials said Saturday.

The U.S. military said that the woman was “acting erratic” and didn’t respond to warnings from Iraqi and U.S. troops near the checkpoint in the central neighborhood of Jadiriyah on Thursday.

“Concerned by the danger she might present to the security forces and civilians, given her repeated failure to respond to warnings, soldiers fired two rounds, wounding the woman,” the U.S. military said. It did not provide further details of her behavior.

The Biladi TV station, which is owned by former Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, identified the woman as 25-year-old producer Hadeel Emad.

Station spokesman Muhsin Kadhum told the Associated Press that Miss Emad had just left the station and was crossing the street to get a taxi when she was shot.

“She has hearing problems, and she didn’t hear the warnings,” Mr. Kadhum said. “She was wearing a long coat and carried nothing in her hands.”

Miss Emad was in critical condition in a Baghdad hospital, Mr. Kadhum said.

A medical official at al Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad confirmed that Miss Emad was brought in for treatment and was listed in critical condition. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information.

An Iraqi police officer told the AP that Miss Emad was walking with her husband and ignored warnings from U.S. troops to stop.

A U.S. military spokesman, Col. Bill Buckner, said the incident was under investigation, and he referred all further inquiries to Iraq’s Interior Ministry.

Violence has fallen sharply in Iraq over the past year, but an array of attacks Saturday underlined the tensions that persist.

Two people were killed and 10 wounded by a roadside bomb that targeted a Shi’ite religious march near Zafraniyah, about 12 miles south of Baghdad, police and hospital officials said.

In the northern city of Mosul, one policeman was killed when gunmen attacked a patrol, police said.

An Iraqi official said two people were killed and another was wounded when a bomb they were concealing in their car exploded near the town of Sinjar, 75 miles west of Mosul.

Abdul Rahim al-Shimmery, the mayor of Sinjar, said the two men killed in the explosion were brothers.

Associated Press reporter Chelsea J. Carter contributed to this report.

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