Senior Iraqi oil official shot dead in Kirkuk

Second top Iraqi oil official working for Iraq's North Oil Company shot dead in Kirkuk, Iraqi police say

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A senior official working for Iraq's North Oil Company (NOC) was shot dead by gunmen on Monday, police and company officials said, a month after his predecessor at the state-run company was gunned down.

Police Brigadier Sarhat Qadir said that chief engineer Saad Ali Hussain was shot dead by gunmen in a sports utility vehicle. His driver was killed too when the gunmen opened fire on the car on their way to office in the northern oil city of Kirkuk.

Hussain’s predecessor, NOC's chief of operations, was shot dead in late june, when he was leaving the office.  

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the incident.

Iraq, major oil producer and OPEC member, faces security challenges from ISIS’ militants who control swaths of the country.

Staff at the company feared the killings would continue and suggested they were politically motivated, an NOC official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"Someone is using bloody ways to change the structure of the company," he said.

"It's like playing with fire and could result in dire consequences for the company's operations."

TRTWorld, Reuters