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Security contractor shot dead outside Australian embassy in Baghdad

A security contractor has been shot and killed outside the Australian embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, officials say. Details about the exact circumstances of the killing were not immediately available.

The incident happened late on Thursday when a shooting occurred outside the embassy's compound in southern Baghdad. There was no immediate word on who was responsible for the killing, or whether the perpetrator had been caught.

"I confirm the death of a 34 year old Australian security contractor working at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad," said Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. "The Government extends its condolences to the family of the Australian man over this tragic incident."

The security contractor was working for Dubai-based Unity Resources Group, which is responsible for providing security at Australia's embassy in Baghdad. The firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"I am advised the high level of security is being maintained at the Embassy," Bishop said in a statement. "In light of the ongoing investigation, and out of respect for the man’s family, the Australian Government will not provide further comment at this time."

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