Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Iraqi state oil firm official shot dead in Kirkuk city: police -Reuters

Gunmen shot dead a senior employee of Iraq's state-run North Oil Company (NOC) on Monday, the third company official to be killed in the past four months, police and sources within the company said.
Deputy inspector-general Hassan Salim and three other employees were driving to their office in the northern oil city of Kirkuk when assailants in a speeding car sprayed their minibus with bullets.
Salim and another employee were killed instantly and the two other passengers were seriously wounded, police sources said....

Two NOC officials who requested anonymity told Reuters that the deputy inspector-general was conducting multiple corruption probes inside the company.
"When you have an official running a corruption investigation getting killed, then it's a bloody message from parties that could get exposed to stop chasing them," one of the officials said.

"Until now we have lost three officials and more to come. North Oil Company is becoming more of a mafia courtyard rather than a state-run firm."

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-kirkuk-idUSKBN0TX10I20151214

bth: hard to see how the Kurds will actually organize as a government around oil revenue when the inspector generals keep getting assassinated during anti-corruption probes.

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