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Iraqi Police Suspected In Slaying of Americans

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    Four men suspected in the slaying of two Americans working for the occupation authority in Iraq appear to be active Iraqi police officers, U.S. officials said Friday.

    The Americans, Fern L. Holland, 33, and Robert J. Zangas, 44, and Holland's Iraqi translator, Salwa Ourmashi, were shot dead around 6 p.m. Tuesday near Hilla, about 60 miles south of Baghdad. Shortly afterward, Polish troops apprehended six Iraqi men riding in the victims' car and discovered that four carried cards that identified them as police, officials said.

    "Four of them had current and, we believe, valid Iraqi Police Service identifications," Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, a military spokesman, told reporters Friday. Kimmitt cautioned that it was too early to say definitively that the suspects were involved in the attack or that the attackers knew that their victims worked for the occupation authority.


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