A US soldier in Iraq was arrested yesterday on suspicion of shooting dead a civilian contractor on the US military’s Camp Speicher, its main base in northern Iraq, a US military spokesperson said.
The shooting took place yesterday at around 8.30 am (0530 GMT), US military spokesperson for north Iraq Derrick Cheng said, Reuters reports.
“A US Soldier has been identified and detained in the alleged shooting incident of a civilian contractor here on Speicher,” he said. “The civilian contractor later died of wounds. We offer our sincere condolences to the family.”
Speicher is on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Tikrit, 150 km (95 miles) north of Baghdad. Cheng did not give further details of the shooting, which he said was under investigation.
In May, a US soldier shot dead five fellow soldiers at a military clinic in Baghdad, an incident that triggered some soul searching in the US military about the effects of stress on troops who do serial deployments.
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