The media office of the Iraqi prime minister stated, in a statement, that Al-Kazemi arrived at the head of a security delegation that held a meeting with security and military leaders in Salah al-Din Governorate to review the investigations into the “Farhateya” massacre.
According to the statement, Al-Kazemi confirmed that he came to Salah al-Din to confirm that the state is in place to protect the security of citizens and establish the foundations of the law, especially after the heinous crime that Salah al-Din recently witnessed, which led to the death of a number of citizens after their kidnapping.
Al-Kazemi said: “Our message to the citizens of Salah al-Din is that the state will protect them, and that the doctrine of the armed forces is wrapped around loyalty to the homeland and the law, not to individuals or other names.”
He added, “Terrorism with its criminal acts does not await it except for law and retribution, and there is no place for it to return under any form or name.” Al-Kazemi also attended a funeral council set up by the families of the victims.
In a related development, political and popular parties accused Asaib Ahl al-Haq militias of being involved in the kidnapping of 12 civilians and the execution of 8 of them in an incident that shook Iraq.
And announced the police command of Salah al-Din Governorate, north of the capital BaghdadSaturday, about the discovery of 8 bodies belonging to citizens of the “Al-Farhatiya” district, which is affiliated with the “Balad” district south of Tikrit, northern Iraq.
In a press statement, the police chief said, “The emergency police detachments found 8 bodies belonging to residents of Al-Farhatiyeh district, which is affiliated to the district of the country south of Tikrit, out of 12 civilians who were kidnapped by an unidentified armed force, while the fate of the four is not known until this moment. Others ”.
The remote “Farhatiyya” area is under the control of the “Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq” militia, which owns the “42nd Brigade” in the “Popular Mobilization Forces”, and during the past months, they conducted several military operations that they announced, to pursue ISIS.
Politicians, activists, and human rights centers accused the “Asaib” militia of being involved in the incident, especially after the testimony given by one of the victims’ relatives, before the governor of Salah al-Din, Ammar Khalil, who confirmed the arrival of a force from the brigade a few days ago to the region.
An elderly man with the victims’ family said, “A force from the 42nd Brigade arrived at our homes four days ago, and stopped us in a line, took pictures of us, and told them that our homes were open to you, but after hours they left us and asked us to prepare electric lights, to clarify the vision. In the region, “adding that” the same force arrived when it kidnapped 12 people, from the area, and took them to an unknown destination. ”
In turn, the Iraqi Center for Documenting War Crimes (independent) accused the fighters of the Asa’ib faction of being involved in the incident.
The center stated in a statement issued by it, that “a source informed us that an armed militia belonging to Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq killed 12 civilians, including 4 children, during a raid campaign at dawn on Saturday, in the district of Balad south of Salah al-Din,” adding that “the murdered are members of the Rafi’at clan and the Jaysat clan.” .
The “Asaib Ahl al-Haq faction” denied responsibility for the incident, noting that “the area is not within its protection.”
The spokesman for the faction, Jawad al-Talibawi, said, “The Al-Farhatia area in which the incident occurred in Salah al-Din Governorate is not the responsibility of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq in terms of security, and there is no presence of our members in the region,” adding that “the accusations that were issued are invalid, and they are intended to mix the papers, and we are waiting The results of the investigations into the accident ”.
Asaib Ahl al-Haq is one of the most prominent Iraqi Shiite armed factions close to Iran, led by Qais Khazali.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi issued directives to send a high-level security delegation to the judiciary to reassess the area for security and the forces holding the land.
In turn, the leader of the Salvation and Development Front, former MP for Salah al-Din Governorate, Mishaan al-Jubouri, accused the Asaib Movement of being involved in the incident.
Al-Jubouri said in a tweet on Twitter, “It was not satisfied that thousands of our children were absent and the refineries were stolen (an incident in which Al-Asa’ib was previously accused) and public and private laboratories during the liberation battles .. Today the state militias are resuming their crimes again and committing a massacre in the Farhatiya district in Balad district where they killed 12 Of our people, including children, with the aim of sectarian cleansing to intimidate people and push them to leave the area. ”
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