Iraqi Activist Survives Assassination, Another Found Handcuffed in a Cemetery
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Iraqi Activist Survives Assassination, Another Found Handcuffed in a Cemetery

ERBIL — Prominent protest activist Ahmed Hallo survived an assassination on Sunday in Iraq’s southern province of Babil, media reports and local sources said.

Hallo is known for leading the anti-government protests in Najaf, where he lives; but he was attacked by a group of gunmen in Qasim city of Babil, a source from the civil movement of Najaf said.

Al Arabiyah Al Jadid said in a report that Hallo suffered injuries and he is receiving treatment at a hospital now.

The activist recently said in a Facebook post that militiamen belonging to Saraya al-Salam, an armed group affiliated with influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, had raided his home, arrested his father, and threatened his wife.

Other sources said several other activists have fled Najaf amid the growing militia threatenings.

Elsewhere in Karbala, police found Raeed al-Da’mee, another activist, handcuffed in a cemetery. He had reportedly been abducted and tortured for several hours.