Iraqi anti-graft officer killed in Maysan province, say police

File – A member of the Iraqi Federal Police patrols the streets of Baghdad’s Shula district. (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — An Iraqi anti-graft police officer was killed outside his home on Friday, AFP cited a police official as saying.

Police captain in Amara Majed Hamid told AFP that armed assailants shot dead Mohammed al-Shemussi, a captain in the anti-corruption section, in front of his home.

The perpetrators “fled in a taxi”, AFP quoted him as saying.

Another police source told the news agency that Shemussi was killed one day after a “police search at the house of corruption suspects”.

It was the second such murder in southern Iraq over the last month. In May, another Iraqi officer specializing in corruption issues was killed in Maysan.

Corruption in Iraq has deprived the public purse of some $450 billion of revenues since 2003, according to a 2019 parliamentary report.

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