Key suspects confess Kirkuk couple murder

Kirkuk, November 18th 2021- Neighbors, media and the police were gathering in front of home for husband and wife killed in a Kirkuk neighborhood. KirkukNow

By KirkukNow

Counter-crime police in Kirkuk announced the arrest of three people accused of killing a man and his wife in a neighborhood and revealed their confessions.

On November 18, the Kirkuk police found two bodies of a man and a woman who had been killed in their home in Shoraw neighborhood. The man was beheaded, while the woman was shot dead by gunfire as bullet wounds were found on her body.

A month after the incident, the Kirkuk counter-crime police revealed in a statement issued on December 22nd that they had managed, in coordination with the Basra counter-crime police, to arrest three fugitives after follow-up, investigation and collections of information.

"The accused, two men and a woman, after they killed the man and his wife inside their home in Shoraw neighborhood, fled to Basra," the police stressed in the statement. "According to the initial confessions, the motive behind this crime was the theft of money and gold."

One of those involved in the crime admitted that he was relative of the man, and the police statement indicated that he "had a criminal record."

The three key suspects are arrested according to Article 406 of the Iraqi Penal Code.

Article (406) of the Iraqi Penal Code punishes anyone who intentionally kills a person with death or life imprisonment.

The oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 238 kilometers north of Baghdad, is an ethnically mixed province for 1.7 million Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen, Muslims, Christians and Kaka'is. It has long been at the center of disputes between Baghdad and the Erbil.

Currently, Iraqi army, local and federal police, Brigade 61 of Special Forces along with Shiite paramilitary of Popular Mobilization Forces PMF, are under Kirkuk joint operations’ command, an umbrella for the security forces running the security of Kirkuk province. 

A source in the Kirkuk police told KirkukNow in mid-November "The man, whose age ranges between 50 and 55 years, was slaughtered, and the woman between 40 and 45 years was killed by bullets.”

"After killing them, their Hyundai 2020 car was stolen” but the vehicle was found the same day in between Panja Ali Street and Al-Qadisiyah neighborhood in Kirkuk, the source added.

The woman, of Arab community, was working as a teacher and was the second wife of the murdered man, a neighbor anonymously said.

As for the man, he is a Kurd and he used to work as an employee in municipality of Kirkuk.

One of the victims' neighbors told KirkukNow, "These two people recently came to this area, had no children and were living alone without any problem."

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