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Baghdad 'assassin' Scot link.

Byline: JAMES TAIT

A SCOTS journalist killed in Baghdad may have been the victim of a professional assassin.

Richard Wild, 24, was shot in the head at close range as he arrived at Baghdad's natural history museum on Saturday.

Army chiefs believe a US soldier who died in a similar attack the next day was the victim of a "hit".

Lt-Gen Ricardo Sanchez, commander of ground troops in Iraq, said: "Professional assassins are operating in Baghdad and are attacking coalition forces. I have absolutely no doubt about that."

It is believed that Richard, from St Boswell's in the Scottish Borders, was mistaken for a soldier.

In both murders, the killers disappeared into a crowd of people and escaped.

Lt-Gen Sanchez said: "The journalist's death was similar but both investigations into these killings are still ongoing.

"We don't yet know for sure if the two were connected."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2003
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