Exxon oil executive ‘assassinated’ in streets of Brussels
A British executive for the oil company ExxonMobil was shot dead, Oct. 14, in front of his wife in an assassination-style killing in Brussels.
Belgian police had imposed a news blackout after Nicholas Mockford, 60, was shot as he left an Italian restaurant in Neder-over-Heembeek, a suburb of the capital.
The executive was shot three times, once as he lay on the ground, after leaving the Da Marcello restaurant in Rue de Beyseghem at around 10 p.m. on Oct. 14.
His wife, Mary, was left beaten and covered in blood. Mockford died on the way to hospital.
Witnesses said they saw the couple walk across the street to their car, a silver Lexus, before shots were fired.
The attack was said to have happened very quickly and Mockford was left cradling her husband in the street, shouting for help. According to reports, two men were seen running away carrying a motorcycle helmet.
The Belgian prosecutor’s office said Thursday that there was a “judicial instruction” from Martine Quintin, the investigating judge, that meant they could give no “explanation” and no detail about the killing. “This is usual in such a serious murder investigation,” a spokesman said.
Mockford had worked for the company since the 1970s, and was the head of marketing for interim technologies for ExxonMobil Chemicals, Europe, promoting new types of greener fuel.
I’m kinda surprised this isn’t getting more attention. The assassination of such a powerful figure seems like it be bigger news…