AUTHOR: Beth TITLE: DATE: 4/01/2004 11:31:00 AM ----- BODY:
Just an all-around sad day for humanity.
A few hours later the men from Blackwater Security drove into downtown Falluja. After they were shot, the scene turned grisly. A crowd of more than 300 people flooded into the streets. Men swarmed around the vehicles. Some witnesses said the Americans were still alive when one boy came running up with a jug of gasoline. Soon, both vehicles were fireballs. "Everybody here is happy with this," Mr. Furhan, the taxi driver, said. "There is no question." After the fires cooled, a group of boys tore the corpses out of the vehicles. The crowd cheered them on. The boys dragged the blackened bodies to the iron bridge over the Euphrates River, about a mile away. Some people said they saw four bodies hanging over the water, some said only two. At sunset, nurses from a nearby hospital tried to take the bodies away. Men with guns threatened to kill the nurses. The nurses left. The bodies remained.