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Iraqi Student kills American teacher

01/03/2012 16:51

An Iraqi student has shot dead his American teacher and then killed himself in northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region reports Reuters. The student also killed himself. 



The incident followed an argument between the student and his teacher. 


"There was an argument between the student and his American teacher ... and as a result of that argument the student shot dead his teacher using a pistol he had, and then shot himself," said Zana Mohammed Salih, Sulaimaniya Province governor. 


Salih gave the American teacher's name as Jeremiah Small and identified the student as Beyar al-Talabani. The student initially survived the shooting but later died of his wounds in the province's emergency hospital. 


"We cannot say there is a political or religious dimension to the incident and the investigation is still going on. It is an ordinary criminal incident," the governor said.


A U.S. embassy spokesman said: "We have heard reports regarding the shooting of a teacher in Sulaimaniya and are working through our consulate in Arbil and Iraqi authorities to ascertain the details of the incident. At this time we are waiting for identification to be complete and for the family to be notified."



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