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Iraq arrests five over lynching teenager in Baghdad

Haitham Ali Ismael, was stabbed up to 17 times, stripped of his clothes and hung by the ankles from a traffic light pole
Haitham Ali Ismael, was stabbed up to 17 times, stripped of his clothes and hung by the ankles from a traffic light pole in Baghdad, Iraq on 12 December 2019 [Twitter]

Iraqi security forces arrested five people in connection with lynching a teenager in the capital Baghdad this week, according to the interior ministry on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reports.

On Thursday, angry mob killed the teenager whom they accused of shooting protesters and hung his body by his ankles from a traffic light pole in Baghdad’s Wathba Square.

Videos circulated on social media showed the mob dragging the body across the street.

“Security forces have arrested five suspects over the killing,” ministry spokesman Khalid al-Mahna told the official Iraqi news agency.

READ: Confusion surrounds Iraq protestors’ lynching of teen in Baghdad

A military spokesman said in earlier statements that the grisly killing took place after the teenager clashed with protesters for refusing to allow them to gather near his home.

Iraq has been roiled by mass protests since early October over poor living conditions and corruption, forcing Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to resign.

According to Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights, at least 460 Iraqis have been killed and 17,000 have been injured since the protests began 1 October.

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