People walk and shop at the Shorja market in the centre of Iraq’s capital Baghdad on October 7, 2022. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 3:21 PM PT – Tuesday, November 8, 2022
The State Department investigating reports of an American aid worker killed in Baghdad, Iraq has identified the victim as Stephen Edward Troell.
The American’s ID reportedly said he was an English teacher. During his two years in Baghdad, Troell worked for a civil society organization that provided English classes for Iraqis.
Iraqi police officials claimed the U.S. citizen was shot dead after being cut off by another car while driving through the central Karrada district and the other car opened fire. Troell’s wife and child were with him but were not they harmed.
The motive for the sudden shooting is still being investigated. Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani made a statement on Monday.
“The timing of the murder of an American citizen in Baghdad puts question marks,” al-Sudani said.
He added to that sentiment that “security is a red line.”
Reports also say that an attack on a foreign citizen in Baghdad is rare since ISIS was eradicated in 2017.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.