Kirkuk: woman found dead, man shot dead by his brother

Kirkuk 2020- A security checkpoint downtown of Kirkuk. Photo by KirkukNow

A woman was found dead in her house, a young man was shot dead by his brother in a café, in Kirkuk on Tuesday.

On Tuesday night, a woman was found dead, hang by a rope to the celling, in an apartment of Hussein neighborhood of Kirkuk. Police says the woman committed suicide per preliminary investigations yet further investigations to be caried out.

A source told KirkukNow the woman is 19-year-old and married.

A murder case was reported in the neighborhood of Orouba. A security source told KirkukNow a young man was killed with two bullets of a pistol. Basic investigations showed he was killed by his brother for “social issue.”

The incident happened in a café and the suspect fled to unknown destination.

A video footage of the café shows a young man carrying a pistol brakes into the café, shoots one of the people in the café with several bullets and leaves.

An eye witness anonymously told KirkukNow “the man shot is called Karwan Yousif. He was playing Billiard when his brother came in, shot two bullets so that people leave then he shot his brother who fell on the ground.”

“Then he comes back, kicks his brother and shoots him another time.

Karwan was only 21 and his brother is 24, the eyewitness added.

Footage of man entering cafe and shooting his brother.

Tens of domestic violence cases have been reported this year in Kirkuk. Department of family & child protection of Kirkuk police registered over 200 cases of domestic violence since September 2020.

Kirkuk’s office of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights IHCHR have registered 65 cases of suicide last year, 50 of them women.

The Iraqi government has drafted a law to fight domestic violence and referred to the parliament for endorsement.

The oil-rich city of Kirkuk, located 238 kilometers north of Baghdad, is an ethnically mixed province for 1.2 million Kurds, Sunni and Shiite Arabs, and Turkmen. It has long been at the center of disputes between Baghdad and the Erbil.

Currently, Kirkuk is under control of Baghdad. Kirkuk’s Joint Operations’ Command is an umbrella for local and federal police, PMF known as Hashid aal-Sha’abi and Iraqi army.

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