WATCH LIVE: The State Department holds a press conference following the report of the killing of US accomplices in Iraq

State Department spokesman Ned Price holds a news conference Tuesday following reports that a US aid worker was killed in Iraq.

The event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET. Watch in the player above.

Attackers fatally shot an American aid worker Monday in a rare killing of a foreigner in the Iraqi capital in recent years, two police officials said.

The man was shot dead in his car as he stepped onto the street where he lives in Baghdad’s central Karrada district on the east bank of the Tigris, but the reason for the killing was not immediately clear, they said. They said the man’s wife and child were in the car with him but were not injured.

Officials said as the man drove down his street, he was cut off by a car and shot dead by attackers in another car. It was not immediately clear if the attackers attempted to kidnap the man, they said.

Price had previously told reporters that the department was aware of and was investigating reports of the killing of a US aid worker in Baghdad. However, he said the department was not yet able to confirm the reports of the death or that the person was a US citizen.

According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the man had been renting an apartment in Karrada’s Wahda neighborhood since May last year.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the murder.

US embassy officials contacted by The Associated Press could not immediately provide information about the case.

Two security officials confirmed that a US citizen working for an international aid organization was killed without giving his name. They said details are scarce but an investigation is ongoing. The officers spoke on condition of anonymity, as per regulations.

A medical worker at Sheikh Zayed Hospital, where the victim was taken, said he was dead when he arrived.
Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said he would form a committee made up of the interior ministry and various security agencies to “investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of an American citizen in the capital.”

The streets of the middle-class, mixed Christian and Muslim neighborhood where the victim allegedly lived were deserted but heavily patrolled by police Monday night.

Such attacks on individuals in the Iraqi capital have become rare since the Islamic State group’s defeat in the country in 2017, but rockets are sometimes fired at the US embassy.

In the early years after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, such attacks were commonplace. In 2004, two Americans were kidnapped in Baghdad and extremists later released videos showing their beheading.

The attack came after Iraq’s new cabinet, led by Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, received a vote of confidence from parliament in late October. Al-Sudani was named by the Iran-backed coordination framework, which is largely made up of Shia parties.

Iraq held snap elections more than a year ago in response to mass anti-government protests that began in Baghdad and across southern Iraq in October 2019. The protesters called for an overhaul of the political system put in place after the US-led invasion of 2003.

US-led coalition forces recently ended their combat deployment in Iraq but continue to play an advisory role to Iraqi forces in the fight against ISIS.

Associated Press writer Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.


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