Killer of IDP and six-year-old daughter arrested, Duhok Police

Local police says killer of Farooq Mirza, 42, and his daughter, Akhnin, six, who went missing on August 4th, was arrested. Photos shared by relatives with KirkukNow

By Ammar Aziz

Police in Duhok Northern Province have arrested a man for killing an internally displaced person IDP and his six-year-old daughter on August 4th yet the body of the little girl has not yet been found up today.

Farooq Mirza, 42, an Ezidi (Yazidi) Internally Displaced Person IDP resides Cham Mishko camp in Zakho district of Duhok province, goes out with his six-years-old daughter Akhnin last Thursday, August 4th to a farm of a firend of him in Bedare near Zakho district and have never made it back.

The body of Mirza was found in the farm on August 9th.

Duhok police spokesman Hemn Sulaiman told KirkukNow on Friday that the killer was arrested in an operation in Sarhaldan neighborhood at the center of Duhok last night. The killer confessed to killing Farooq Mirza and his six-year-old daughter.

The killer was carrying a weapon during the operation, Duhok police said in a apress conference on Friday afternoon, adding that he was from Zakho and the investigation indicated the location of the murder of the six-year-old girl, but the body has not yet been found.

On August 8, a police source in Zakho confirmed to KirkukNow that the body of Mirza was found in the same farm they were invited by a friend. The distance between Mirza's camp and the farm of his firend is half an hour drive by car.

Duhok police spokesman and Mirza's relatives said Friday that despite the arrest of the killer and confession to killing the daughter and father, but the body of the little girl has not been found.

“My daughter's body is still missing... We want the killer to be executed. He destroyed our house,” Seve Bapir, Mirza’s wife, sobbed her husband and daughter.

She also appealed to find the body of his daughter body as soon as possible. However, she had no information about the killer's identity.

According to information obtained by KirkukNow from the security forces in Duhok province, the killer has a criminal record and was involved in the kidnapping of two little Syrian refugee girls in 2021 and was imprisoned for three years.

"We assure Farooq's family that our teams will continue until we find the body of the Akhnin," police spokesman said.

Farooq's family are from Borik community of Shingal (Sinjar) district, home to the Ezidi community in Ninewa province. He is father of four other daughters, the youngest of whom is one-year-old.

There are more than 664,000 IDPs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq KRI, some of whom are staying in 26 camps in Duhok, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah provinces. They are reluctant to return home due to lack of stability, reconstruction and job opportunities.

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