22 Apr 2015

NZer reported killed in Iraq

12:18 am on 22 April 2015

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it cannot confirm a media report that a New Zealander has been killed in Iraq.

The New Zealand Herald is reporting a New Zealander, Kadhem Chilab Abbas, of Napier, was killed in a rocket attack in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Friday.

He was reportedly in Iraq fighting for the civilian army against Islamic State.

In a statement a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said it had not been approached by family members about the death.

New Zealand has no diplomatic presence in Iraq.

Iraqi forces pushed Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit on Friday, re-taking Iraq's largest oil refinery.

Destruction in Tikrit after Iraqi forces retook the city from Islamic State (IS).

Destruction in Tikrit after Iraqi forces retook the city from Islamic State (IS). Photo: AFP

Get the new RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs