At around 6:30 p.m. Steven Vincent and his Iraqi translator Nouraya Itais Wadi (also known as Nour al-Khal) left a money-changer’s shop on bustling Istiqlal Street. Then, police say, four gunmen jumped out of a white car (Lt. Col. Karim al-Zaidi told Associated Press that it was a police car, something confirmed by eyewitnesses) and hustled the pair inside, shouting to bystanders, “Don’t interfere, we’re the police,” according to witnesses interviewed by an Iraqi journalist, who has worked for American news media and feared retribution if he was identified in this story. Vincent and Wadi were then taken to a house somewhere on the city’s outskirts and were held and questioned for roughly five hours, according to a Basra police officer, who requested anonymity. Then, blindfolded and with their hands bound behind them, they were taken to Al Rebaat neighborhood in Basra and shot repeatedly. Ms. Wadi survived the attack and is now in serious condition at the Basra Teacher’s Hospital. Full Story
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