Unidentified gunmen assassinated Iraqi political and security analyst Hisham Al-Hashemi in front of his house in Baghdad on Monday evening, and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi vowed to pursue the killers.
The director of information in the Ministry of Interior, Saad Maan, said that Al-Hashemi died after being transferred to the hospital.
The French Press Agency quoted a medical source as saying that Al-Hashemi's body was hit by several bullets throughout his body.
The investigating officer at the scene of the assassination told the agency that 3 gunmen in two motorcycles opened fire from meters away on Al-Hashemi, who was traveling in his car.
On the other hand, accounts posted on social media platforms posted videos that they said showed the assassination.
CCTV footage of assassination of Iraqi security analyst Husham Al-Hashimi in Baghdad. # Hisham_ Al-Hashemi pic.twitter.com/UTaSVDfAVN
- Abdullah Dhiaa Al-deen (@abdullaliii) July 6, 2020
Al-Hashemi is considered one of the most prominent Iraqi political and security analysts, and he has many articles in Iraqi research centers, and he is one of the most prominent Iraqi personalities present on social media platforms and has many followers, and he is considered one of the influencers in the course of Iraqi public opinion.
He had posted a tweet on his Twitter account minutes before his assassination, talking about the causes of the divisions in Iraq.
The Iraqi divisions were confirmed by:
1- Define the quotas that the occupation brought in, “Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Turkmen, minorities,” which is the essence of Iraq in components.
2- The dominant parties, “Shi’ite, Sunni, Kurdish, Turkmen…” that wanted to assert their gains through division.
3- Religious parties that replaced partisan rivalry with sectarianism.
- Husham Alhashimi Hisham Al Hashimi (@hushamalhashimi) July 6, 2020
Condemnation and anger
For his part, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazimi vowed to pursue the killers of al-Hashemi, and said in a statement that he would not allow the assassinations to return to the Iraqi scene again.
As for the Speaker of the Parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, he called on the security authorities to work to uncover the parties that assassinated Hashemi and announce them to the public quickly.
Meanwhile, Iraqis, by branding "Hisham al-Hashemi", the leader of social media platforms, have demanded that Al-Kazemi’s government be held accountable for the killers and the rule of law.
It is a great loss to lose Dr. Hisham Al-Hashimi, a link in the series “Attempting to Kill Iraq,” by liquidating national competencies .. pic.twitter.com/BJKawbqk02
- Asaad Al-Nasiri (@asaadalnaseri) July 6, 2020
The martyr of the Free Word, friend and brother, Hisham al-Hashemi,
I belong to God, and to him we shall return, and the curse on murderers, criminals and terrorists pic.twitter.com/LJWsrgcpAq
- Shaho Al-Qaradaghi (@shahokurdy) July 6, 2020
Some commentators considered that the assassination of Hashemi, whom they described as close to the Al-Kazemi government, was an explicit threat to the state.
Also, Iraqi ambassadors and parliamentarians published writings on the communication platforms to express their regret and condemn the assassination of Hashemi.
It hurt and hurt me to hear the news of the death of Hisham al-Hashemi. Iraq has lost one of its best brave thinkers.
These attacks cannot continue, as the Iraqi government and the support of the international community must hold perpetrators accountable pic.twitter.com/4XxeA7NV7v
- Stephen Hickey (@sblhickey) July 6, 2020