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Prominent human rights activist assassinated in Karbala

  2021-05-09  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A file photo of Human rights activist Ihab al-Wazni, who was assassinated in Karbala by unidentified gunmen on May 8,2021.
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – Human rights activist Ihab al-Wazni was killed by unknown armed men on al-Haddad Street in Karbala on Saturday (May 8), said Iraq's Security Media Cell.

“The holy Karbala police are mobilizing their efforts in search of the terrorist elements who assassinated the civilian activist Ihab Jawad on in the province,” said the pro-government media agency, noting a security team was formed to make probe into the assassination.

Al-Wazni was laid to rest in the early hours of Sunday morning after crowds of men carried his coffin which was covered with a blue sheet in his hometown.

The crowd chanted "the hero of Karbala is gone, “according to The National News. 

Footage taken from CCTV footage featured two men waiting for al-Wazni coming home at an alley. One of the men approached him and opened fire killing him immediately before jumping on a motorbike and leaving the scene. 

“Activist Ehab Al-Wazni was shot and killed by Iranian-backed militants in his hometown of Karbala today,” tweeted  Raya Barazanji. “Shame on the corrupt government for not being able to protect peaceful activists from rogue Iranian-backed armed militias,.”

The activists played a remarkable role in the anti-government mass protests erupted in October 2019.

He survived an assassination attempt in December 2019, nearly two months after the protests.

Anti-government activists and international watchdogs blame Iran-backed militia for killing activists and journalists participated in the protests. 

Many prominent activists and journalists have been killed or survived assassinations by unknown gunmen since the outset of the protest movement since October 2019. 

Over 500 protesters were shot dead by security forces and masked gunmen suspected of links with Iran-backed militias between October and December 2019. Thousand other were injured and detained. 

(Zhyan English)