Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani said an American citizen was murdered in Baghdad on Monday.
A US State Department spokesman confirmed on Tuesday that American Stephen Edward Troell has died in Baghdad, noting that they are “closely following the investigation by local authorities into the cause of death”.
“The timing of the murder of a US citizen in Baghdad is questionable,” al-Sudani said on Monday, adding: “Security is a red line.”
Two armed people attacked a vehicle Troell was driving in central Baghdad, security sources told CNN. Troell suffered serious injuries in the attack and was taken to a nearby hospital for medical care, but later succumbed to his injuries.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the murder.
The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said security authorities in Baghdad are investigating the attack.
Troell had lived in Baghdad for two years and worked for a civil society organization that taught English to Iraqis.
“It is with great sadness and sadness that we bid farewell to our dear Stephen Troell, who has always loved and sought to serve Iraq and its people,” Global English Institute Baghdad, where Troell worked, said in a statement Tuesday.
US Ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanowski took to Twitter on Tuesday to thank “the Iraqi people for their messages of support following the brutal murder of Steven Troell in Baghdad last night.”
“He was here privately and doing what he loved: working (with) the Iraqi people. My deepest condolences to his wife and young children,” wrote Romanowski.
The State Department spokesman said US officials “stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance” following the incident.