Salman says he is a lawyer who was headed from a courthouse to the Ministry of Justice when he found his route blocked by four armored Blackwater SUVs.
The roadblock soon caused a traffic snarl, so armed Blackwater guards began waving at the drivers, telling them to turn around and leave the area.
“So we turned back, and as we turned back they opened fire at all cars from behind,” Salman said. “All my injuries, the bullets are in my back.
“Within two minutes the security force arrived in planes — part of the security company Blackwater. They started firing randomly at all citizens.”
Blackwater, in a statement issued after the incident, denied that gunfire came from aircraft. “The helicopters providing aerial support never fired weapons,” it said.
The firm also said its employees “acted lawfully and appropriately in response to a hostile attack.”
So… think the fact that the Iraqi president kicked them out is actually going to make Blackwater leave? Anybody taking bets?