American aid worker shot dead in Baghdad

New York: An American aid worker was shot dead on November 7 while driving a car in Baghdad, Iraqi officials said, in a rare attack on a foreigner in the Iraqi capital.

A senior Iraqi intelligence official said the American (name withheld), was killed in the evening in the central Karrada area of Baghdad, where he and his family rented a house. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity said the aid worker’s car had been shot by gunmen traveling in two vehicles.

Security officials said that they did not know the motive behind the attack. The intelligence official said the American had been employed by Millennium Relief and Development Services, a US-based charity that says it was established in 1998 to provide long-term development assistance to the poor in more than 40 countries.

A spokesperson said the US Embassy could not yet confirm the death but was investigating. The killings and kidnappings of foreigners for ransom were more common during Iraq’s civil war, when Al-Qaeda and Shiite militias fought in the streets after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. But in recent years, Baghdad has become relatively safe, with many foreign residents living in homes and apartments in the heart of the capital.

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