Most families of Blackwater victims accept settlement

11/1/10

All but one of the families of 17 Iraqis killed in a 2007 shooting by US security guards have accepted compensation from the Blackwater firm, a lawyer wounded in the attack said on Sunday. Confirmation of the payouts comes less than two weeks after a US federal judge dismissed charges against five guards of the American private security firm accused of killing the civilians in an unprovoked attack. “All of the families of the dead agreed, except for one family,” said 42-year-old lawyer Hassan Jabbar Salman, who himself was injured in an arm, the chest and legs in the attack. He said the family of each person killed in the Nisur Square shooting in central Baghdad was offered $100,000, while those wounded received between $20,000 and $50,000.

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