Baghdad, Sept. 24 (Reuters): US soldiers detained an Associated Press photographer and driver, handcuffing them and forcing them to stand in the sun for three hours, the news agency said today.
The agency said troops from the 2nd Battalion, 70th Armoured Regiment, 1st Armoured Division held photographer Karim Kadim and driver Mohammed Abbas, both Iraqis, yesterday near Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad. A US major later released the men, apologising for what he said was a misunderstanding.
The incident yesterday was the latest involving US troops and foreign reporters in Iraq. US soldiers shot up Kadimís car last Thursday in Khaldiya, about 100 km west of Baghdad, during a firefight after a US convoy was hit by a roadside bomb.
A hand grenade blast ripped through a cinema in Mosul today, killing two people and wounding 20. Police said a witness said the movie theatre was showing a pornographic film when the grenade exploded.