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Blackwater license being pulled in Iraq

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Interior Ministry in Iraq says it's pulling the license of a North Carolina security firm allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of civilians during an attack on a U.S. State Department motorcade in Baghdad.

The announcement involves Blackwater USA, based in Moyock near the Virginia state line in Currituck County.

The Interior Ministry in Iraq says it will prosecute any foreign contractors found to have used excessive force in the incident yesterday.

The ministry says eight people were killed and 13 were wounded when security contractors working for Blackwater opened fire in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood of western Baghdad.

Blackwater provides security for many U.S. civilian operations in Iraq. The company did not immediately return phone calls this morning.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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