- Title: IRAQ: AT LEAST 30 IRAQIS KILLED WHEN AN AMMUNITION DUMP THEY WERE LOOTING BLEW UP
- Date: 2nd July 2003
- Summary: (W3) HADITHA, 260 KM WEST OF BAGHDAD, IRAQ (JUNE 30, 2003) (REUTERS) SLV SITE OF BLAST AT AMMUNITION DUMP; SLV U.S SOLDIER WALKING (3 SHOTS) WIDE VIEW AMMUNITION DUMP; SCU AMMUNITION CASINGS ON GROUND; SLV SOLDIER PASSING BY THE AMMUNITION DUMP; SCU AMMUNITION (9 SHOTS) MV U.S. CAPTAIN STEVE SMITH WALKING PAST CAMERA SOUNDBITE (English) U.S. CAPTAIN STEVE SMITH, SAYING "We were called to this location when smoke and explosions were coming from this bunker and we saw several Iraqis fleeing the area, and we were approached by three Iraqis who were badly burnt. We called in a medivac helicopter and had them taken from here." (W3) HADITHA, 260 KM WEST OF BAGHDAD, IRAQ (JULY 1, 2003) (REUTERS) SLV /MV PAN / SCU AMMUNITION AT SITE OF BLAST (4 SHOTS) SLV EXTERIOR OF HOSPITAL; MV INJURED MEN ON BED AT HOSPITAL; MV AMMUNITION AT SITE OF BLAST (6 SHOTS)
- Embargoed: 17th July 2003 13:00
- Location: HADITHA WEST OF BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Crime,Disasters,General
- Reuters ID: LVA101H9OHXWZBSLBJPJW4OYQPG3
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- Story Text: At least 30 Iraqis were killed when an ammunition dump they were looting blew up on Saturday (June 28). Scores more were injured.
The Iraqis were killed in the blast at the arms depot in a desert area some 260 km (160 miles) northeast of Baghdad on Saturday. Local residents said U.S. forces arrested several looters afterwards and handed them to Iraqi police.
U.S. Captain Steve Smith said, "We were called to this location when smoke and explosions were coming from this bunker and we saw several Iraqis fleeing the area, and we were approached by three Iraqis who were badly burnt. We called in a medivac helicopter and had them taken from here".
The residents said looters had been at the abandoned Iraqi army depot to seize casings of artillery shells that they could sell. It was not known what caused the blast.
Looting has been rampant in Iraq since the fall of President Saddam Hussein in April.
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