Iraq’s top Hezbollah cmdr. assassinated

Basra(Iraq): A high-ranking commander of the Iraqi pro-government Kata’ib Hezbollah force has been killed after a group of unidentified armed men opened fire on his vehicle in the country’s southern oil-rich city of Basra.

A security source told Arabic-language Mawazin news agency on Thursday that Bassem al-Safi sustained grave gunshot wounds the previous evening, when gunmen sprayed his car with bullets in the Hayaniya neighborhood of the city.

 Safi, a former representative of Basra Provincial Council, later succumbed to his wounds in hospital.

Another person accompanying the deceased Kata’ib Hezbollah commander was also injured in the drive-by shooting, the source said.

Kata’ib Hezbollah is part of the pro-government Popular Mobilization Units, which are better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi.

Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters joined forces with Iraqi army soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in a major operation on October 17, 2016 to retake the strategic northern city of Mosul from Daesh Takfiri terrorists.

The pro-government fighters also played a major role in the liberation of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers northwest of the capital, Baghdad, as well as Fallujah city in the western province of al-Anbar among many areas in Iraq.

Be Part of Quality Journalism

Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.



Observer News Service

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.