A shooting close to the Australian Embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday night took the life of one Australian and injured another soldier.
The casualty of the attack is a security contractor, 34, who worked for Unity Resources Group at the embassy. According to news.com.au, a sniper aimed at soldiers and officers spread across the al-Latifiyah area of southern Baghdad. The identity of the victim is not yet known.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed the death of the Australian contractor. “I confirm the death of a 34-year-old Australian security contractor working at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad,” the minister said as quoted by Sunshine Coast Daily. “The circumstances surrounding his death will be thoroughly investigated. He was working for Unity Resources Group, providing security services to the Australian Embassy.”
Bishop confirmed that high-security measures were being maintained at the Embassy. “In the light of the ongoing investigation, and out of respect for the man’s family, the Australian Government will not provide further comment at this time,” she added.
“The Government extends its condolences to the family of the Australian man over this tragic incident. All appropriate assistance is being provided to his family.”
After the occurrence of the incident, the local media reported the whole incident on Wednesday. “This evening, a sniper targeted a [security] checkpoint for the Iraqi army in the vicinity of al-Latifiyah south of Baghdad, resulting in the death of one soldier and wounding an officer,” the report stated. “A security force rushed to the area of the incident and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine authority.”
The shooting came after the recent serial suicide bombings reported in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed and injured several people. The Islamic State group claimed the responsibility for the blasts.