3 Lebanese Workers Gunned Down in Baghdad
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) _ Three Lebanese nationals who worked for a food company in Baghdad were shot dead in one of the victim’s homes on Friday and a fourth person was wounded, a Lebanese Foreign Ministry official said.
The circumstances surrounding the deaths were not immediately clear but the home where the shootings took place had been robbed, said the Foreign Ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Foreign Minister Jean Obeid denounced the killings. He urged the Iraqi government to ``provide security for Lebanese and other Arabs and foreigners who are being subjected to kidnappings and killings, their only crime being that they work in Iraq.″
Officials identified the dead as Karim Khoury, his wife Evelyn Abdel-Nour and George Badin. Lebanon’s National News Agency said a fourth Lebanese, Shukri Nmeir, was seriously wounded.
The victims were apparently in Khoury’s Baghdad home when they were shot, the Lebanese official said.
Lebanese Embassy officials in the Iraqi capital refused to comment on the killings.
Several Lebanese businessmen and truck drivers have been kidnapped in Baghdad in recent months. All were released unharmed except for one, construction worker Hussein Ali Alyan, who was found shot dead on June 12.
Foreign Ministry officials have said the kidnappers have sought ransom and were apparently not politically motivated.
Hundreds of Lebanese, mainly construction workers and industrialists, have gone to Iraq to look for opportunities in the massive postwar reconstruction.