Iraq: “Under the influence of drugs”, a man kills four members of his family



An Iraqi man “under the influence of drugs” shot and killed his mother, brother and two sisters in an area of ​​central Iraq that has become a major route for traffickers in recent years, a we learned Tuesday from a police source. 

Ali Habib, born in 1999, was “under the influence” of an unspecified drug when he “killed four members of his family: his mother, his brother and his two sisters” on the night of Monday to Tuesday, said a local police official who wished to remain anonymous. He was then arrested. 

No reason has been given to explain his action. 

The quadruple murder took place in Kut, capital of Wasit . This province bordering Iran has become a major route for drug trafficking, particularly crystal meth (a highly addictive synthetic drug), as have neighboring provinces.

Security forces have intensified their operations in this area and announce seizures of narcotics or the arrest of traffickers almost every day.

According to the police and Western diplomats stationed in Iraq, the drugs come from Lebanon, Syria and Iran.

But Iraq is not just a transit country: the sale and consumption of narcotics have exploded there in recent years.

En December 2021, the Interior Ministry's anti-drug unit identified the provinces of Basra and Missane as the main southern regions in terms of trafficking and consumption.