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Extremist group involved in murder of model Tara Fares: Interior Minister

Iraqi model Tara Fares was shot dead on Tuesday, September 27, while driving her car in a Baghdad street.


Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji has published a video on his Facebook page, revealing the outcome of an investigation into the killing of Iraqi model and fashion blogger Tara Fares.

In his online massage, Araji said that an extremist group, which he declined to name, is behind the murder of the 22-year-old Instagram starlet.

“A security team was formed to arrest those involved in Fares’ murder,” Araji told his Facebook followers. He further vowed to “bring perpetrators of Fares’ murder to justice to be tried in front of the Iraqi people.”

The 2015 Miss Baghdad was shot dead last month while driving her Porsche in a Baghdad street. She was one of Iraq’s best known social media figures.

Fares was killed two days after a women’s rights activist was shot dead in the southern city of Basra.

Fares lived in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, but recently spent an increasing amount of time in Baghdad as her career progressed.

Fares had 2.7 million followers on Instagram and uploaded occasional vlogs to her YouTube channel.

A photo uploaded to her account after her death showed her with angel wings made of light.

“Sleep well princess, we will miss you,” the caption said, in English and Arabic.


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