Protesters in the Iraqi city of Karbala have reportedly attempted to set fire to Iran’s consulate there amid widespread fury over the shooting death of a leading anti-Iran critic.
Ihab al-Wazni, a coordinator of protests in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala, was a vocal opponent of corruption, the stranglehold of Tehran-linked armed groups and Iran’s influence in Iraq.
He was shot overnight outside his home by men on motorbikes using a gun equipped with a silencer, in an ambush caught on surveillance cameras. His death was confirmed by security forces and activists.
A video posted on Twitter by analyst Bilesa Shaweys purports to show protesters setting fires near the embassy. A second video claims to testify to live fire being used against the protesters.
— Blesa Shaways (@Bilesa_Shaweys) May 9, 2021
Demonstrators at Wazani’s funeral earlier Sunday chanted “Iran out!” and “The people want the fall the regime!” as he was buried in the Shiite holy city.
— with AFP