Iraq: Probe of 2 Sunnis murdered by Shia militia starts

- Committee was sent by Iraqi army to investigate deaths of two Sunnis by al-Hashid al-Sha’bi militia.

ANBAR, Iraq (AA) - The Iraqi army’s general command sent a committee Tuesday to Anbar province to investigate the murder of two Sunni civilians from Ramadi city, an army source said.

"A committee was sent by the Iraqi army to investigate the deaths of two Sunnis by al-Hashid al-Sha’bi factions," General Major Kasem al-Mohammadi, told The Anadolu Agency.

Al-Mohammadi said that six members of the Shiite volunteer militia, al-Hashid al-Sha’bi, including a colonel, are captured for interrogations.

Abdur-Razek al-Delimi, a tribal chief in Anbar, told AA Saturday that al-Hashid al-Sha’bi allegedly killed two civilians at a military base in northern Ramadi.

The militia allegedly captured Hasan al-Jabri and Wesam al-Matiran al-Jabri in Ramadi, and accused them of belonging to ISIL. Al-Delimi said the victims were in fact innocent civilians.

On Feb. 4, displaced Iraqi Sunnis from the Diyala and Salahuddin provinces protested in front of the American Consulate in Erbil province, demanding support against Shiite militias and ISIL attacks on Sunni civilians.

Al-Hashid al-Sha’bi consists of Iraqi Shiite volunteer fighters. The militia was established after a fatwa, or a religious ruling, for jihad against ISIL in June 2014 by Shiite leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who is originally from Iran and lives in the city of Najaf in Iraq.

Iraq has been gripped by a security vacuum since June 2014 when Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants stormed the northern province of Mosul and declared a self-styled caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

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