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Newsline: Former commando held over Australian embassy shooting in Iraq

A former Australian soldier is reportedly in custody after a fatal shooting at the Australian Embassy in Iraq. Sun McKay is currently being detained at a military base in Baghdad, while authorities investigate how 34-year-old Chris Bentz was fatally shot. Bentz a 34-year-old guard, also a former Australian soldier, was shot in the head in the early hours of Thursday in the contractors’ accommodation building next to the embassy. Both McKay and Bentz were employees of Unity Resources Group, which has the contract to protect the Australian embassy in Baghdad. According to the Fairfax the pair had been in the same room when the shooting occurred, sources in Iraq said. It is understood they had been drinking alcohol reported the Fairfax. The Australian reported on Saturday that the pair had been playing video games at the time the incident had occurred. Mr McKay had given a statement saying that the victim had without warning grabbed his own gun and shot himself according to The Australian. Reports on Saturday suggested that Mr McKay was part of the security detail for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull when he visited Iraq earlier in the year.



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