Australian security contractor killed at embassy in Baghdad

A 34-year-old Australian security contractor has been killed at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed.

There are reports the man was shot but the Federal Government would not confirm that, and said the circumstances of his death would be explored.

The man was working for Unity Resources Group, providing security services to the Australian Embassy, Ms Bishop said.

She said the Government extended its condolences to the family of the man over the incident and "all appropriate assistance" was being provided to his family.

Ms Bishop said a high level of security was being maintained at the Embassy.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to provide more details soon.

ABC Australia