BAGHDAD–Hovsep Kurken Zadoian, 58, was shot dead by US soldiers in Baghdad while he was driving his car after a visit to a friend. A friend, who was sitting beside him in the car, was not hurt. Zadoian was buried Thursday in the Armenian cemetery in Baghdad.
Since April 7, 2003, 18 Iraqi Armenians have been the victims of violent crimes, five of them during the military operations and the others by explosions and armed groups. Zadoian is the first Iraqi Armenian killed by the US forces since the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003.