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Prominent anti-Iran activist assassinated in Iraq

May 10, 2021 at 9:51 am

A mourner holds up a poster showing assassinated Iraqi anti-government activist Ihab al-Wazni during his funeral at the Imam Hussein Shrine in the central holy shrine city of Karbala on May 9, 2021 [MOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP via Getty Images]

Unknown gunmen assassinated prominent Iraqi activist, Ihab Al-Wazni, in front of his home in the southern city of Karbala.

Home surveillance cameras captured the moments of his death. The footage showed Al-Wazni being shot to death by two gunmen who were on a motorcycle. He was parking his car in front of his home in the predominantly Shia city. Al-Wazni was a vocal opponent of Iran’s influence in Iraq and Tehran-linked armed groups in the country.

The Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a statement that the Karbala police force immediately formed a specialised team to investigate the crime and is mobilising all efforts to locate the perpetrators.

Protests erupted in the city following Al-Wazni’s funeral, with demonstrators calling for Iranian forces to be forced out of Iran and setting fire to the Iranian consulate in the area.

The Iraqi government says nearly 560 Iraqi activists have been assassinated during anti-government protests which erupted in October 2019.

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