December 16, 2019 at 2:02 am
An opposition activist has been assassinated, and two others were injured during anti-government protests in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, local sources reported yesterday.
A senior police officer told Anadolu Agency that the activist was identified as “Haqqi Ismail Al-Azzawi,” adding that he was assassinated by “unknown armed men as he was riding his bike in Baghdad’s northern area of Al-Shaab.”
“Al-Azzawi used to own a travel agency and was one of the popular anti-government protests’ prominent activists,” the officer pointed out.
A separate incident of a car explosion was also reported by a local security source, in which two civilian activists were injured in the Iraqi city of Al-Diwaniyah.
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.