SHOCK and anger swept through Iraq after a video of a woman throwing her two small children to their death over a bridge into the Tigris River emerged.
A specialised team of Iraqi security forces also managed to retrieve the bodies of the two children, identified by local media by their first names of Hur Mohammed, 3, and Masuma Mohammed, 1.
The incident took place during the early hours of October 17. CCTV footage released by authorities showed the mother hurling the children over the al-Aimmah Bridge into the Tigris River.
امرأة من منطقة الشعب
ترمي اطفالها من على جسر الايمه ولم تتمكن الشرطه النهرية من انقاذهم واستطاعت القوات الامنية اعتقالها بتهمة القتل وحسب إفادتها انها قد انفصلت عن زوجها وكسب والدهم حق الحضانة ولا يحق رؤيتهم الا بموعد اخذت الاطفال من والدهم
و رمتهم بالنهر ليشعر بما اشعر به pic.twitter.com/4ihUBOhhg1
— جعفر الخزعلي (@_767Jafar) October 18, 2020
During an investigation, the woman admitted that she had killed the children because of a dispute with her husband who was seeking a divorce.
“This crime had been long planned for. It has been nearly two months since this woman separated from her husband,” the Kurdish Rudaw website quoted Abu Tahsin Deraji, the children’s paternal grandparent, as saying.
The incident caused widespread outrage in Iraq, which has been brutalized by years of violence and war.
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