Published: Fri, December 13, 2019

Iraq mob lynches youth accused of attacking protesters

Iraq mob lynches youth accused of attacking protesters

An angry mob attacked him after he allegedly killed two shop keepers and four anti-government protesters.

The security officials have said the teen was wanted by police on drug-related charges and he was on the run from the security forces. An enraged mob beat the younger man to dying, safety and well being officers mentioned. On Thursday, witnesses said, he climbed onto the roof of his house and began firing a pistol. The morgue confirmed receiving a body.

Iraqi security forces have shot dead scores of demonstrators protesting against the government's failure to satisfy their demands for an overhaul of the country's political system, halting corruption and an end of deep-rooted Iranian influence over state institutions.

Last Friday, 25 protesters were killed when gunmen in pickup trucks opened fire in Baghdad's Khilani Square.

Iraq has been rocked anti-government protests for more than two months.

But anti-government protesters have been on edge following odd events such as abductions and assassinations of high-profile activists.

Speaking to Reuters on the condition of anonymity, the U.S. official reportedly said that while there were no claims of responsibility for the attacks, intelligence and forensic analyses indicated Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim militia groups are behind them.

Members of Saraya Salam, or Peace Brigades, are deployed within the guard protesters.

A dispute between a teenager and protesters in Iraq culminated with the body of the youth being strung from a traffic light near Tahrir Square.


Protesters were quick to distance themselves from Thursday's violence in a collective statement in which they condemned the incident and said those who carried it out were not part of their movement.

'We won't permit the picture of our pure revolution to be distorted, so we declare that we're harmless as peaceable demonstrators to what occurred this morning in Wathba Sq.,' the assertion mentioned.

The US was quick to implicate Hashd al-Sha'abi, a combination of some 40 groups of mostly Shia fighters as well as Sunnis and Christians, which are now integrated into the regular armed forces.

Two suicide bombers targeted a base of an Iraqi armed group led by Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, killing 11 fighters, the army said Thursday.

A senior U.S. official said on Wednesday the Iran-backed groups were heading towards a red line for the coalition, which would respond with such force "no one would like the outcome".

Three more fighters were injured in the attack, the statement said, adding that no group has claimed responsibility for it.

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