Alleged kidnapping of activist's 10-year-old son provokes stir in Iraq

The disappearance of an anti-government activist’s 10-year-old son has provoked a stir in Iraq, after his father claimed that his son was a kidnapped by a powerful militia group and that authorities attempted to cover it up. The child of Ayoub Al-Khazraji, an activist since 2011 and a participant in anti-government demonstrations which erupted in Iraq in October 2019, was allegedly set upon by armed assailants in the Al-Ghadeer neighbourhood of eastern Baghdad. They reportedly held him ransom, demanding that his father return from the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, where he had fled to after a …

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