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British citizen 'mistaken as thief' shot dead in Iraq

A British citizen has been shot dead in Irbil, northern Iraq, after being mistaken for a thief, police in the region have said.

Officials said the victim was a 38-year-old man employed as a supervisor by Falcon Group security firm.

According to local news organisation Rudaw the victim was drunk at the time and was shot by his neighbour in the city's English Village.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: "We were informed of the death of a British national in Erbil on 21 August. We stand ready to provide consular assistance at this difficult time."