Saturday, March 05, 2005

Wounded Italian Hostage Arrives Home, Speaks With Prosecutors

March 5 (Bloomberg) -- Giuliana Sgrena, the Italian reporter that U.S.-led forces shot and wounded hours after she was freed from her kidnappers in Iraq, arrived in Rome today and was immediately questioned by Italian prosecutors.

Sgrena, 57, was wounded and an Italian intelligence officer, Nicola Calipari, was killed when coalition forces fired on their convoy as it approached a Baghdad checkpoint yesterday, according to the Italian government and a U.S. military spokesman. Italy said the shooting came from U.S. forces. The U.S. military wouldn't say who fired the shots.

Sgrena landed at Rome's Ciampino airport earlier today. She had to be helped as she slowly walked down from the plane and into an ambulance. Sgrena underwent two operations during the night, Italy's TG5 television news program reported, without saying how it obtained the information. TG5 broadcast live Sgrena's arrival at Ciampino.

"We are working with our Italian allies as we fully investigate the circumstances of this tragedy,'' Mel Sembler, the U.S. ambassador to Italy, said in an e-mailed statement. "I would like to express the sympathy of the United States of America to our ally the Italian Republic and to the families of the victims of this terrible incident.''"

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