Three masked gunmen broke into a house in a village of Kirkuk, tie the man and stab his wife to death at 3 am Wednesday, local police said.
The murder took place in Smail Beg compound of Shian subdistrict, southeast of Kirkuk province.
According to a police source in the area, three masked gunmen entered the house and tied the man's hands and feet, then stabbed his wife to death.
"After killing the woman, they left the man on the roof of the house tied up with his hands and feet and left," police source anonymously said.
The local police are investigating the incident, no arrests have been made and the cause of the murder is unclear, but the source said, "It seems to be a social problem.”
The body was taken to the cemetery for burial on Wednesday morning.
According to police statistics, 28 murders have been registered in Kirkuk province during the current year.
Twenty-six people have been arrested for murder and the cases are pending at court, the police source confirmed.
Located 238 kilometers north of Baghdad, the oil-rich city of Kirkuk is an ethnically mixed province for 1.7 million Arabs, Kurds and Turkmens, Muslims, Christians and Kaka'is. It has long been at the center of disputes between Baghdad and the Erbil.
Currently, the Iraqi army, local and federal police, Brigade 61 of Special Forces along with Shiite paramilitary of Popular Mobilization Forces PMF, are under Kirkuk joint operations’ command, an umbrella for the security forces running the security of Kirkuk province.