US aid worker shot dead in Baghdad, police say

A foreign aid worker was shot to death in Baghdad on Monday, two police officials said. Police said the motive for the killing was unclear, but it occurred in the central Karrada district on the Tigris River’s eastern bank.

Police said that no one had yet claimed responsibility for the crime, although the embassy officials said they were not aware of the incident. A US citizen who worked for an international aid firm was shot, two security officials said without naming him.

The officials said details were sparse but that an investigation was underway. Such attacks on foreigners have been uncommon in the Iraqi capital since the defeat of ISIS in 2017, but rockets are sometimes fired at the US embassy. The US-led coalition forces recently ended their combat mission in Iraq, but they continue to provide advice to Iraqi forces fighting ISIS.

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