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I SAW MY BABIES DIE

Apr 3 2003

By Richard Wallace

 

AN Iraqi mother wounded in the checkpoint blitz that killed 11 members of her family said yesterday: "I saw the heads of my two little girls come off."

Heavily pregnant Lamea Hassan, 36, and her farmer husband Bakhat, 35, spoke out two days after US troops blasted their Land-Rover when it failed to stop near Karbala.

The couple lost their daughters aged 5 and 2 and son, 3. Also killed were Bakhat's parents, two older brothers, their wives and two nieces.

Bakhat said his father was wearing his best pinstripe suit "to look American" as they tried to drive to safety.

He claimed they were blasted after Americans at an earlier checkpoint waved them on.

When they got to second checkpoint "the soldiers didn't wave back. They opened fire".

 
 

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