April 7, 2010

The US military says it is trying to retrieve the original video tapes of a controversial helicopter attack on a group of people in Iraq in 2007.

Footage of the attack was published on the internet by the website WikiLeaks.

Two of those killed were Reuters news agency employees whose cameras were mistaken for weapons, the US says.

The Pentagon has not questioned the video’s authenticity but says it cannot make a complete verification until the original tapes have been located.

“We’re attempting to retrieve the video from the unit who did the investigation,” US Central Command spokesman Capt Jack Hanzlik was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

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