Unknown gunmen shoot an American in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (HPD) — An American aid worker was shot dead by unknown assailants in Baghdad on Monday, a rare case of the killing of a foreigner in the Iraqi capital, two police officials said.

The man was killed in his vehicle as he entered the street where he lived in the Karrada district, on the eastern bank of the Tigris River, but until now the motive for the crime was unknown, the sources said.

They added that the man’s wife and son were also in the vehicle, but they were unharmed.

As the man turned onto the street where he lived, a vehicle cut him off and he was shot at from another, officials said. At the moment it is unknown if the attackers wanted to kidnap him, they added.

For his part, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that the agency is aware of reports of the killing of a US aid worker in Baghdad and is investigating them. But he said the department was not yet in a position to confirm reports of his death or that he was a US citizen.

According to documents seen by The Associated Press, the man had been renting an apartment in the Wahda area of ​​Karrada since May last year.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

US embassy staff, when contacted by The Associated Press, said they had just found out and had no information.

Two law enforcement sources confirmed that a US citizen working for an international aid organization was killed, but did not give his name. They indicated that there are few details, but that there is an ongoing investigation. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with regulations.

Such attacks have become highly unusual in the Iraqi capital since the defeat of the Islamic State extremist group in 2017, although rockets are occasionally fired at the US embassy.

The US-led coalition recently ended its combat mission in Iraq, although it continues to play an advisory role to Iraqi forces in the fight against Islamic State.

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