7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News

Premier orders 'unfit' Blackwater to leave

BAGHDAD: Iraq Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki said yesterday that Blackwater should leave the country because of the mountain of evidence against the under-fire US security firm.

"I believe the abundance of evidence against it makes it unfit to stay in Iraq," Maliki told a Press conference in Baghdad.

A New York Times report yesterday citing witnesses, Iraqi investigators and a US official said that more than 17 people were killed and 24 wounded when Blackwater employees opened fire in central Baghdad on September 16.

A member of the ruling coalition, Amira Al Baldawi, said: "Some foreign companies believe they are above the Iraqi law."

Meanwhile, Poland's ambassador Edward Pietrzyk was wounded and three people, including a Polish security guard, were killed when attackers exploded three roadside bombs on the diplomatic convoy and then opened fire at Karradah district.

Pietrzyk was able to leave the scene himself, officials said.

The ambassador and others hurt in the ambush were extracted by Blackwater USA helicopters dispatched to the scene by US Embassy security officers.

But Poland is determined to maintain its forces in Iraq despite the attack, said Polish Premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

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