Iraq Security Company Responsible for Shooting

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi government now says a private security company based in Dubai was behind today's shooting in Baghdad that killed two women.

Police say guards in a security convoy opened fire at a car at an intersection before speeding away. The two women were killed instantly.

A spokesman for Iraq's Interior Ministry says the Unity Resources Group has apologized. Representatives of the company in Baghdad aren't commenting.

The Times of London quotes a company spokesman in Dubai as saying the guards issued warnings, and opened fire when the car failed to stop.

The Interior Ministry spokesman says the government and the company have opened investigations, and that initial findings show that the guards fired 19 bullets.

Unity Resources employs security professionals from the U.S. and elsewhere.

Recent shootings involving private security forces, including one last month involving the U.S. firm Blackwater USA, have prompted calls for restrictions on those personnel.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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