A U.S. aid worker was among at least 40 people who were killed in a series of bombings that rocked Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday (June 23).
The U.S. State Department identified the aid worker as Stephen Everhart, who was working for an implementing partner of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s mission in Iraq.
“He was killed while working on a project to introduce a new business curriculum to a Baghdad university in a program supported by the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education,” Victoria Nuland, a spokesperson of the State Department, said in a statement. “His support of efforts to advance a modern and efficient financial sector has benefited the people and business enterprises of Iraq and his lifelong dedication to public service has improved the lives of countless people around the world.”
This latest series of bombings is the worst attack in Baghdad since January, when a parked car bomb was detonated in the northern part of the city, killing 48 people, The Associated Press says.
Thursday’s attack started with a string of three bombs that exploded in quick succession in a Shiite neighborhood in western Baghdad. The blasts killed 34 people and wounded 82 others, AP reports, citing Iraqi police officers and health officials. A fourth blast, from a parked car bomb, was heard in a different neighborhood an hour after the first three, the newspaper adds.
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