American citizen killed in Baghdad



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An American citizen was killed in Baghdad on Monday, according to Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani.

A US State Department spokesman confirmed Tuesday that American Stephen Edward Troell had died in Baghdad, noting that they are “closely monitoring the local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death.”

“The timing of the killing of an American citizen in Baghdad raises questions,” al-Sudani said Monday, adding: “Security is a red line.”

Two gunmen attacked a vehicle Troell was driving in central Baghdad, security sources told CNN. Troell was seriously injured in the attack and was taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention, but later succumbed to his injuries.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing.

Iraqi security forces stand guard outside the hospital where the body of a US citizen who was killed is being held in Baghdad, Iraq November 7, 2022. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said security authorities in Baghdad were continuing to investigate the attack.

Troell had been living in Baghdad for two years and had worked for a civil society organization teaching English to Iraqis.

“It is with great sadness and sorrow that we say goodbye to our beloved Stephen Troell, who has always loved Iraq and its people and tried to serve them,” the Global English Institute Baghdad, where Troell worked, said in a statement on Tuesday .

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanowski expressed her gratitude on Twitter Tuesday “to the Iraqi people for their messages of support following the brutal killing of Steven Troell last night in Baghdad.”

“He was here in a private capacity doing what he loved: working (with) the Iraqi people. My deepest condolences to his wife and young children,” Romanowski wrote.

A State Department spokesman said US officials “stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance” following the incident.

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