Iraqi interpreter for US Army killed: Police

An Iraqi interpreter for the US military was gunned down on Friday by his son and nephew north of the capital after he refused their demands to quit his job, a police official said.

Updated: Jun 18, 2010, 23:53 PM IST

Baghdad: An Iraqi interpreter for the US
military was gunned down on Friday by his son and nephew north of
the capital after he refused their demands to quit his job, a
police official said.

The attack occurred as at least 16 people were killed
nationwide, a grim reminder of the dangers facing Iraqis
despite a sharp drop in violence over the past few years.
Hameed al-Daraji was shot in the chest in his house in
Samarra, 95 kilometres north of Baghdad, police Lt. Emad
Muhsin said.

Muhsin said al-Daraji worked as a contractor and
translator for the US military since 2003 against the wishes
of his family. His relatives were constantly fighting with
al-Daraji to give up working with the Americans, but he
ignored their pleas, he added.

Al-Daraji`s son and nephew were arrested after the attack
and confessed to being members of an al-Qaida group that
sanctioned the killing, Muhsin said, adding that police were
searching for a second son suspected of being an accomplice.
Iraqis working for the US military in the country have
been targets of extremist groups who view them as traitors and
collaborators with an invading country. But it is rare for
family members to kill a relative because of his or her
employment with the Americans in Iraq.

PTI