"We weren't going very fast, given the circumstances. It was not a checkpoint, but a patrol that started firing right after lighting up a spotlight. The firing was not justified by the movement of our automobile."-- Giuliana Sgrena, Italian journalist who was abducted and held by Iraqi captors for one month
"We thought that the danger was finished after my handover. Instead, suddenly, this shooting. A rain of fire came. Nicola folded himself on me probably to defend me and then he collapsed. I saw that he was dead. The shooting continued and the driver did not even have the opportunity to explain that we were Italian."