Giuliana returns home to Italy
Freed Italian journalist returns home
Saturday 05 March 2005 10:59 AM GMT
Journalist Giuliana Sgrena has returned to Italy, hours after American
troops in Iraq fired on the car she was in, wounding her and killing an
Italian intelligence officer with her.
A plane carrying Sgrena back from Iraq landed on Saturday at Rome's
Ciampino Airport, where Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was among the
dignitaries on hand to welcome her.
Friday's shooting occurred shortly after Sgrena was released after a
month being held hostage in Iraq. She left Iraq after being discharged
from a Baghdad hospital.
The US military said the car she was riding in after her release was
speeding as it approached a coalition checkpoint in western Baghdad on
its way to the airport. It said soldiers shot into the engine block
only after trying to warn the driver to stop by "hand and arm signals,
flashing white lights and firing warning shots".
The Italian intelligence officer, Nicola Calipari, was killed when he
threw himself over Sgrena to protect her from US fire, Berlusconi said.
US troops took Sgrena to an American military hospital, where shrapnel
was removed from her left shoulder.
Sgrena was expected to be transferred to a military hospital for an
operation on her collarbone later on Saturday, the news agency Apcom