03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Private Contractors Open Fire In Iraq, 2 Women Dead

Two women were killed in central Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police said, apparently when a private security company opened fire on their car after it approached a convoy they were guarding.

The identity of the company believed to be involved in the shooting was not immediately available, and few details were provided about the events leading up to the incident.

But amid ongoing controversy about the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqis last month by the Blackwater security firm, the new shootings are likely to heighten tension surrounding the thousands of armed security guards used by private companies and U.S. government agencies in Iraq.

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