Allied forces might have killed British
Monday, Mar 24, 2003,Page 2
A veteran British war correspondent, missing in southern
Iraq along with a cameraman and their translator, were
presumed dead after being hit by "friendly fire" from allied
tanks, according to a newspaper report yesterday.
Journalist Terry Lloyd, 51, cameraman Fred Nerac and
translator Hussein Othman, 28, a Lebanese resident in Kuwait,
went missing as they were traveling to the southeast Iraqi
city of Basra, the immediate objective of US-led forces
invading Iraq, Lloyd's employer ITN television news said.
Another cameraman in the crew, Daniel Demoustier, was
injured in the incident at the town of Iman Anas, but was able
to get to safety.
He was rescued from a roadside ditch by Barbara Jones, a
journalist for the Mail on Sunday weekly, who reported
that US tanks had fired on the television crew.
Jones said in an article for her paper that Demoustier told
her his crew's Jeeps had been fired on by tanks while they
were trying to drive away from a group of Iraqi soldiers. The
Iraqis had apparently been trying to surrender.
"Immediately the allied tanks started heavy firing directly
at us. Rounds were coming straight at the Jeep, smashing the
windows and puncturing holes in the bodywork," Demoustier was
quoted as saying.
"Then the whole car was on fire. We were enveloped in
flames. It was terrifying.
"I'm so angry that we were fired on by the allies. The
Iraqis must have been their real target but I'm sure they were
surrendering -- and anyway they were all dead within minutes."
ITN said in its evening news program Saturday: "Fourteen
hours after the incident, we still have no conclusive evidence
as to the whereabouts of the three missing men. However, such
evidence as we do have has given us increased cause for
"Of course our thoughts tonight are with the families of
Terry, Fred and Hussein Othman."
Britain's Ministry of Defence said that it was still not
clear what had happened to Lloyd and his colleagues.
"We are still trying to establish the details of what
happened," a spokesman said.
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