Protesters said to attack Iran consulate in Iraq after activist slain

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.

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

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