Senior Iraqi intelligence officer assassinated in Baghdad

A senior Iraqi intelligence officer was shot dead near his home east of Baghdad on Monday, according to state media

This is the latest in a wave of targeted killings that has swept the country in recent years

Col Nibras Abu Ali was assistant director of the Intelligence Service’s Monitoring Department, according to local news reports

“Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the officer in the Al Baladiyat area, east of Baghdad early on Monday. He died immediately,” Iraq’s state-run National Iraqi News Agency said quoting a security source

In March, another senior intelligence officer was assassinated in the Iraqi capital

Gunmen carrying a pistol fitted with a silencer assassinated Lt Col Mahmoud Laith Hussein as he walked in Baghdad’s western neighbourhood of Mansour

The gunman shot Col Hussein in the head after running up to him from behind and kicking him in the leg; he was wearing a white cap, according to CCTV footage