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Horror in Iraq as mother seen throwing her two small children into Tigris River

Authorities arrest woman, recover bodies of children 3 and 1; incident said part of bitter divorce

CCTV footage shows a mother in Iraq leading her two small children along a bridge before she throws them in the river (Screencapture)
CCTV footage shows a mother in Iraq leading her two small children along a bridge before she throws them in the river (Screencapture)

Iraqis reacted with shock and horror on Tuesday after authorities released CCTV footage showing a mother throwing her two small children into the Tigris River.

The incident, which reportedly occurred on Saturday, showed the woman walking along the al-Aimmah Bridge, holding one child by the hand and another in her arms, before throwing them over a railing into the water.

Authorities recovered the bodies of the children, aged 3 and 1, and also arrested the woman.

The Al-Arabiya website quoted relatives as saying the woman was in the process of getting a divorce from her husband.

The incident caused widespread outrage in Iraq, which has been brutalized by years of violence and war.

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