According to a statement from the Ministry of Interior issued on Telegram channels affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Forces, unidentified gunmen killed an Iraqi intelligence officer in Baghdad's Mansour district on Sunday (PMF or Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic).
According to a statement shared on Telegram by the PMF-linked Sabreen News, Lieutenant Colonel Mahmoud Laith Hussein died shortly after being transferred to al-Yarmouk hospital.
The assassination occurs at a time when tensions are escalating between the intelligence service and pro-Iranian militias in Iraq, who have previously threatened intelligence personnel.
In March, Qais al-Khazali, the Secretary-General of the Iranian-backed militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq, alleged in a tweet that he had credible information that Iraq had brought in an Emirati security team to oversee the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, following the transfer of 300 intelligence officers to border authorities. This was denied by the intelligence service.
Hassan Salem, a member of the Sadiqoun bloc who represents the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, attacked the Iraqi intelligence service, saying it should be "purified of traitors" who collaborate with the US. He demanded that the transferred agency officials, whom he described as "competent agents" with "sensitive information about terrorists" and "tools of sabotage within the protests," be allowed to return.