Woman jumps off Mosul’s Old Bridge in apparent suicide

Ninewa- Mosul’s Old Bridge linking the city’s west and east, 2019  Photo: KirkukNow


A young woman from Mosul committed suicide after she jumped into the Tigris River, a security source told KirkukNow.

“Early on Sunday August 18, a 20-year-old girl jumped off Mosul’s Old Bridge and drowned in the Tigris,” the source said.

The source added that despite their multiple efforts, security personnel and a group of young swimmers failed to rescue her.

“Police have arrested two suspects on a motorbike on suspicion of involvement in the incident”, the source added.

Suicide cases have been on the rise in Iraq in recent months. The Iraqi Commission for Human Rights in its latest meeting has discussed ways to tackle the issue.

A statement released by the commission on May, 23, 2019 indicated that 149 cases of suicide have been recorded during the first five months of 2019.

Overall, 319 were reported in 2018, while the number stood at only 185 cases the previous year, according to the commission’s figures.


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