September 26, 2021

Woman stabbed to death in street for ‘refusing to marry her own cousin’

Woman stabbed to death in street for ‘refusing to marry her own cousin’

A young woman has been stabbed to death in a busy street after reportedly refusing to marry her cousin in an arranged marriage.

Nourzan Al-Shammari was brutally murdered in Baghdad, sparking anger across Iraq after footage of the disgusting crime was shared on social media.

While walking home from work the woman was killed in broad daylight by three people carrying knives and wearing headscarves, The Mirror reports.

According to local media outlet Alsumaria News of Iraq, she was murdered in the so-called “honour killing” for refusing the marriage.

Police have since arrested Nourzan’s brother for his suspected role in the murder, but it is understood his two cousins are still on the run, according to local news reports.

It is understood this was not the first marriage she was subjected to, with reports stating she Nourzan was first married against her will as a child.

The Iraqi Ministry of the Interior’s Relations and Information Director Major General Saad Maan released a statement confirming they had arrested multiple suspects, though they have not been named.

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