BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 16, 2004
(CBS/AP) The fatal shooting of a wounded and apparently unarmed man in a Fallujah mosque by a U.S. Marine angered Sunni Muslims in Iraq on Tuesday and raised questions about the protection of enemy fighters once they are out of action.
The U.S. Military is investigating the shooting, which was captured on video. A spokesman at Marine Corps headquarters in the gave no further details, other than to confirm the incident happened on Saturday and that the Marines involved were part of the 1st Marine Division.
International legal experts said the Marine might have acted in self-defense because of a danger that a wounded enemy may try to blow up a hidden weapon; a key issue was whether the injured man was a prisoner at the time.
The shooting happened one day after the Marine, who has not been identified, was wounded in the face and after another man in his unit was killed by the booby-trapped body of an insurgent.