Friendly fire car wasn't speeding, says Minister

The car carrying an Italian intelligence officer who was killed by US fire in Baghdad was not speeding and was not ordered to stop as American officials have indicated, Italy’s foreign minister said today.

The car carrying an Italian intelligence officer who was killed by US fire in Baghdad was not speeding and was not ordered to stop as American officials have indicated, Italy’s foreign minister said today.

Gianfranco Fini, speaking to parliament in Rome, also ruled out suggestions that the shooting that killed Nicola Calipari was a US ambush, but reiterated the Italian government’s demands for a full explanation from Washington.

Calipari was shot on Friday as he headed to Baghdad airport escorting former hostage Giuliana Sgrena to freedom. Left wing journalist Sgrena and another intelligence officer in the vehicle were wounded.

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