A top official at Iraq’s North Oil Company was shot dead on Friday in the city of Kirkuk, the second official to be murdered in just over a month.

According to Rudaw, chief engineer Saad Ali Hussain and his driver, Salih Jaduw Zedanm, were shot and killed by  unknown assailants driving a sports utility vehicle as Hussain was traveling to his office.

Hussain was the chief of pipeline maintenance at state-owned NOC.

“Hussein and his driver were killed in Payij town in Kirkuk. The victims were in their white Dodge Durango vehicle. The police have commenced investigations in the case in order to find the killers,”Brigadier General Sarhad Qadir,   told Rudaw.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A North Oil Company employee told Reuters that staff members are concerned the slayings will continue and suggested the attacks are politically motivated.

“Someone is using bloody ways to change the structure of the company. It’s like playing with fire and could result in dire consequences for the company’s operations,” the source said.

The attack happened just over a month after Hussain’s predecessor was murdered, Reuters added.


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