On January 6, a commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) was seriously wounded in a suspicious attack that left his enter family dead.
Unidentified gunmen, at least four, raided the commander’s house in the district of al-Alam in the western part of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in the early morning hours.
The gunmen, who were reportedly armed with silenced guns, left the commander Ahmad Abd al-Muttalib Abd al-Razzaq, 41, seriously wounded. However, they managed to kill his wife, 32-years-oled Ola Khazim Hasan, along with his three children Baqqer, 14, Khazim, 8, and Hassan, 7.
Abd al-Razzaq was not able to call for help when the gunmen left. He laid wounded near the bodies of his wife and children until the afternoon when his friends came to check on him. Only then, first responders were called in.
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According to Iraqi sources, Abd al-Razzaq is a low-ranking commander in the PMU’s 45th Brigade which is preserved for the members of Kata’ib Hezbollah.
Iraqi security forces and the PMU are currently investigating the attack. Meanwhile, Abd al-Razzaq is still recovering from his wounds.
The attack was not likely carried out by ISIS, whose presence in Baghdad remains minimal. Some observers speculated that the attack may have been a US intelligence operation gone wrong. In the last few days, several attacks targeted American troops in Iraq which explains why such an operation would be carried out now. However, as for now this scenario remains highly unlikely.