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Iraq Claims U.S. Mistakenly Fired On Council Member

Iraq Claims U.S. Mistakenly Fired On Council Member

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(Baghdad, Iraq-AP) -- Iraqi officials say it was an accident.

They say U-S troops mistakenly opened fire on a car carrying a member of the Iraqi Governing Council in Baghdad. The council member wasn't hurt, but his driver was.

The council member (Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum) is a Shiite Muslim cleric. He was traveling inside a U-S-guarded compound when the incident happened.

Iraqi officials haven't said when it happened. They say a U-S officer on the scene expressed regret and apologized to the cleric.

U-S officials say they don't know anything about the incident.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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