Gunmen assassinate prominent Iraqi activist

A gang attacked civilian activist Fahem Abu Ali Al-Tae’ie using guns with silencers fitted, the report said. (Supplied)
Updated 09 December 2019

Gunmen assassinate prominent Iraqi activist

  • A prominent Iraqi activist has been assassinated in Karbala amid increasing violence
  • Three shots were reportedly fired at the activist outside the Ansar Hotel in the Al-Baroudi district

RIYADH: A prominent Iraqi activist has been assassinated in Karbala province amid increasing violence against anti-government protesters, Al Arabiya reported.

A gang attacked civilian activist Fahem Abu Ali Al-Tae’ie using guns with silencers fitted, the report said.

Three shots were reportedly fired at the activist outside the Ansar Hotel in the Al-Baroudi district.

Sources quoted by the channel said security forces have cordoned off the site.Al-Tae’ie is said to be a member of the Sadrist movement led by cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr. 

He accused religious parties before his assassination of being involved in killing Iraqi activists.


Fire breaks out at petrochemical facility in southwest Iran

Updated 57 min 42 sec ago

Fire breaks out at petrochemical facility in southwest Iran

  • The fire was caused by an oil leak but did not lead to any casualties or financial damage

A fire broke out at a facility belonging to the Shahid Tondgooyan Petrochemical Company in southwest Iran but was quickly contained, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday, citing a local official.
The fire was caused by an oil leak but did not lead to any casualties or financial damage, Mohsen Beyranvand, the governor of Mahshahr county said, according to IRNA.
Beyranvand described the fire as minor and said it was put out in less than ten minutes.
There have been several explosions around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.
A gas explosion shook a residential building in Iran’s capital Tehran on Saturday, injuring one person, the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted the city fire department as saying.
A chlorine gas leak occurred at a unit of the Karoon petrochemicals plant near the port of Bandar Imam Khomeini on the Gulf on July 4, injuring dozens, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported. (Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh, editing by Louise Heavens)