BAGHDAD: An al-Qaida-linked insurgent shot and killed his own father as he slept for refusing to quit his job as an Iraqi interpreter for the US military, police said, a rare deadly attack on a close family member over allegations of collaborating with the enemy.
Hameed al-Daraji, 50, worked as a contractor and translator for the US military for seven years since after the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. He was shot in the chest about 3am while sleeping in his house in Samarra, a former insurgent stronghold 95km north of Baghdad, police
Lt Emad Muhsin said.
Authorities arrested the son and his cousin, saying the young men apparently were trying to prove their loyalty after rejoining the insurgency. Police were also looking for another son who allegedly took part in the attack.
Citing confessions, police said the son whom they arrested, Abdul-Halim Hameed, 30, was a former member of al-Qaida in Iraq who quit the terror network in 2007.
But Hameed, his 19-year-old cousin and 24-year-old brother remained committed to extremist causes.