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Blackwater members accompanying the convoy returned fire, leaving nine people dead, one of whom was an Iraqi police officer.
All of the other fatalities were civilian bystanders.
A US embassy official only said that security vehicles of the 'Department of State' were involved in an incident near al-Nissur Square.
Blackwater representatives were not immediately available for comment.
Thousands of private security contractors, many of them US and European, have worked in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003.
Following a number of similar incidents in recent years, foreign private security firms have been accused of operating outside the law with little or no accountability either to the Iraqi government or US military forces.