BAGHDAD: U.S. soldiers fatally shot three Iraqi bank employees Wednesday as their car passed a convoy near Baghdad International Airport, according to an Interior Ministry official and Yarmouk Hospital, where the bodies were brought.
The attack was one of two bloody episodes on Wednesday in which the American military and Iraqi officials offered sharply different accounts of what had happened.
The Iraqi authorities said at least eight civilians had been killed by American soldiers.
The Americans replied, "Oops."
American military officials said that in each case they opened fire after coming under attack, and that they were unaware of any civilian deaths.