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Mosul Buzz: Rumors of Humvee Falling in Tigris
Fears Continue to Grow for University Students
03/20/2009 4:02 PM ET
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The slaying by gunmen of a student this week of a student at the College of Management and Economics while on his way to school has added to growing fear among college students, on the rise since the wounding of several students in a car-bombing just outside Mosul’s College of Medicine last weekend. There is talk among students that the victim who was gunned down was killed because of a discussion about politics on the previous day, which friends witnessed. There are also rumors that students will soon be singled out in greater numbers. According to a source in Mosul, residents and students have recently noticed missiles/mortars being fired from a few universities, as well as a general escalation of ones being fired from within populated neighborhoods.

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There were two alleged incidents involving American soldiers being talked about, south of Mosul. The first, is that a Humvee carrying four GIs fell off a “temporary bridge”, and fell into the Tigris River. An American military public affairs officer answered an inquiry by Iraqslogger in an e-mail, writing, “We currently have no reports of a U.S. Humvee falling into the Tigris. None of our units within Ninewa province or in Multi-National Division - North have reported the event or anything remotely similar.”

The other account by residents, of a six year old girl in al-Qayara being accidentally killed by MNFI troops, was also unknown to the public affairs officer. He offered that he assumed it was in reference to the killing of a 12 year old girl in Hurriya, on the same day.

Members of Iraqslogger’s network of Iraqi staff contributed to this report, but choose to remain anonymous, for security reasons.

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