Deputy head of Council of Iraqi Scholars shot dead

Colleagues accused the government of failing to protect him.

Deputy head of Council of Iraqi Scholars shot dead


"Gunmen" in a speeding car shot a prominent cleric and his guards on Wednesday, killing the imam and three other people in western Baghdad, a source in the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

Abdul-Jalil al-Fehdawi, deputy head of the Council of Iraqi Scholars, an independent body that issues religious instructions, or fatwas, was leaving his home in the Sunni district of Amiriya when he was attacked, the source said.

Two of his guards and a relative were also killed in the incident, police added.

Colleagues accused the government of failing to protect him.

"I blame the deteriorated security situation at a time (when) the politicians are busy worrying about their own problems and leaving the country to burn," said another official of the council, Abdul-Sattar Abdul Jabbar.

"The government does not provide protection for us and prevents us from protecting ourselves. I do not carry a personal weapon even though I am a target."

Jabbar said the guards who were killed were not armed because they were not allowed to carry weapons.

He did not say who might have wanted to kill Fehdawi.


Reuters

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