- An Iraqi model and social media influencer has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in Bagdad
- According to report, the 22-year-old former beauty queen was killed after the attackers opened fired on her on Thursday, 27 September
- The Interior Ministry announced it had opened an investigation into the model’s death
Identified as Tara Fares, the life of the 22-year-old beauty queen and model has been cut short by some unknown gunmen. According to reports, Fares who had grown to become one of Iraq's top social media celeb was killed on the evening of Thursday, September 27.
The news of the tragic passing of the model was announced by the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior, who said that several gunmen opened fire on her in the Kam Sara neighborhood of Bagdad. He further revealed that an investigation has been launched.
Fares’ body was reportedly taken to Baghdad’s Sheikh Zaid hospital at 5.45am local time. Unfortunately, she gave up the ghost after suffering three bullet wounds, according to the doctors who spoke with the media.
Fares who was a popular influencer and human rights activist was known for her boldness and outspoken nature when it came to women's right and the conservative attitudes towards women.
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The Iraqi social media platforms have been thrown into mourning over the sad news of her passing as she was sort of a big deal to many.
The 22-year-old lived in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, but regularly visited Baghdad.
It is not clear who the assailants were or their reason for shooting her. An investigation has been launched into her death.
Fares' death seems to be the latest in a series of murders of well-known influential women in the country.
According to news outlet Kurdistan 24, Tara’s death comes several weeks after two beauty entrepreneurs in Baghdad, Rafeef al-Yaseri and Rasha al-Hassan, were both killed in mysterious circumstances.
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