Woman found dead inside her home in Shingal

Shingal- Gohbal village in Sinune sub-district before the arrival of the Islamic State group    Photo: KirkukNow

Ammar Aziz- Ninewa

A 55-year-old woman was found dead under suspicious circumstances inside her house in Gohbal village in Sinune, a sub-district of the Ezidi town of Shingal west of Ninewa on Tuesday, September 3.

The woman identified, as Sevi Khudeda Sivo, is mother of 10 children. Her husband had gone missing since the Islamic State (IS) group’s swept across Shingal in August 2014.

Security sources said the woman was shot “three times””, indicating that they have launched investigations into the case.

“We were informed by residents of Gohbal village about the murder case; later security forces arrived at the scene of the crime; however, it is unclear whether she was murdered or it was a suicide,” Khudeda Choki, Sinune sub-district commissioner told KirkukNow.

According to Khodeda, Sinune is a stable area, with the least murder and suicide cases recorded there compared to other areas

Salam Hussein, the victim’s brother-in-law, who is also hedmaster of a school in Gohbal said, “I was at school when I received a phone call at around 11 a.m. and told me that Sevi was found dead.”

“I was shocked. When I arrived at the scene I saw her body riddled with 3 bullets; one of the bullets struck her head while the two others hit her torso”, he added.

Sevi’s family returned to their hometown in July 2016 after spending 2 years in displacement.

Salam Hussein noted that it was the first murder case which has taken place in the village since they have returned. He urged security forces to bring the perpetrator to justice.

Meanwhile, Omer Ajaj, the village headman, speaking to KirkukNow, said, “As far as I learned, this family had no issues with anyone. One of her sons was a Peshmarga and three of her daughters were married. All her neighbors were shocked at what happened to her.”  

Before the arrival of IS, Gohabl village was home an estimated 5000 people; only half of the population have returned so far.



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