Iraqi activist and pharmacist Sheylan Dara Raouf and her parents were killed today by unknown assailants inside their home in the Mansour neighborhood in Baghdad.
Capt. Hatem al-Jabri said that unidentified gunmen stormed a house in the Mansour area, west of Baghdad, on Tuesday evening, and slaughtered the family members, the pharmacist Shaylan Dara, and her parents, indicating that the attackers stole valuable belongings from the house before they fled.
Al-Jabri confirmed that the relevant authorities had opened an investigation into the incident, which according to preliminary data, was motivated by theft.
However, activist in the Baghdad protests Tariq al-Husseini said that the purpose of the attack was to eliminate Sheilan because she was working as a paramedic in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad during the popular demonstrations that swept Iraq since October 2019, indicating that she was liquidated to silence her voice, as happened with dozens of activists. Others.
Al-Husseini called on the government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to fulfill its pledges to pursue and bring to justice those involved in the killing of protesters and activists.
The assassination of pharmacist activist Shelan Dara Raouf Nahra in her home with her parents in the capital, Baghdad, in a grotesque manner by unknown persons.
- Shaho Karadaghi (@shahokurdy) September 16, 2020
The Al-Kazemi government has pledged to prosecute those involved in the killing of protesters and activists, but no accused has been brought to justice so far.
It is noteworthy that Sheelan graduated from the College of Pharmacy in Baghdad in 2016, and was working as a pharmacist in the Medical City in the capital, in the Department of Cancer.
Cilan Dara Raouf, the
victim who was
with her father in their house in the Mansour area today.
How long will the killing series continue ?!
- Ali Thani (@ alithesecond1) September 15, 2020
The recent wave of assassinations is part of wider campaigns over the past months, targeting protest activists that began in October 2019 and are still continuing in a limited way, and have succeeded in toppling the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi.
According to government figures, 565 protesters and security personnel were killed during the protests, among them dozens of activists who were assassinated by unknown persons.