VIDEO: British man at centre of Iraqi oilfield violence
A British security adviser at an Iraqi oilfield, accused of insulting Islam and shooting a protester, was severely beaten by a group of angry Shia Muslim workers, causing the evacuation of hundreds of foreign workers, the Independent reports.
The British man reportedly tore down Shia banners and images of revered religious figures, leading to a confrontation with the workers.
“A British employee took down a flag of [Imam] Hussein and a picture of Imam Ali from the cars of the security company, and tore them down with a knife,” Ali Shaddad, member of Basra’s provincial council told Agence France-Presse.
“This provoked a group of workers and they went and hit him repeatedly.”
The Brit then reportedly shot one of his attackers.
“Workers were provoked and squabbled with the British guy, but he suddenly pulled a pistol and started shooting and wounded one Iraqi worker,” said one Iraqi witness.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called for the deportation of the British man, employed by security firm G4S.