US soldiers shoot, wound Iraqi female TV journalist

U.S. forces shot and severely wounded a female Iraqi television producer in southern Baghdad this week, U.S. officials and Iraqi colleagues said on Saturday.

US soldiers shoot, wound Iraqi female TV journalist
The U.S. military said that U.S. soldiers shot a woman on Jan. 1.

"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," it said in a statement.

Hadil Imad, who works as a producer for Biladi television station, was shot on the Jadriya bridge in the Karrada area of Baghdad, said Muhanad Najim, an editor at Biladi.

Imad, who received a wound in her abdomen, remains in critical condition at Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad, he said.

Biladi, which is owned by former Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, broadcast images of Imad lying in a hospital bed, asleep or unconscious, with a tube taped to her nose.

A Biladi anchor said she had been married a week before the shooting and had come to the station to see colleagues just before she was shot in the back.

Another colleague, who asked to go unnamed, said the bullet passed through her abdomen entirely and hit her kidney. He said Imad had hearing problems, raising the possibility she may not have heard warnings from U.S. soldiers.

The shooting took place on the day that U.S. forces came under Iraqi authority for the first time.

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