Unknown Gunmen Shot dead popular Iraqi Instagram model in Iraq

An Iraqi model and social media influencer, Tara Fares, 22, was shot dead by unknown gunmen as she drove through the capital of Iraq, Baghdad on Thursday Morning. She lived in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, and was said to rarely visit Baghdad.

Tara Fares, an Instagram influencer, suffered three fatal bullet wounds at the wheel of her Porsche convertible while driving through Baghdad’s central Camp Sarah district.

Her death has shocked followers on social media, where she had been building her own personal brand having amassed almost three million followers on Instagram.

Her death was confirmed by the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior, which announced an investigation has been opened, Kurdistan 24 reported.

It comes not long after two other women involved in the beauty industry were reported murdered in Iraq. Also, on Wednesday, a human rights activist was shot dead as she got into her car in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, where violent anti-government protests have taken place in recent weeks.

Following the announcement, fans began posting tributes on social media, with many hailing her bravery and openness on the issue of women’s rights.

Tara, whose posts on the site feature tattoos, different hair colours and adventurous clothes, was a victim of her fame and targeted because of her lifestyle, Twitter users wrote.

‘I am beyond disappointed and hurt after hearing about another tragic loss in Iraq.

‘Tara Fares, a model and social media influencer was gunned down in broad daylight in #Baghdad,’ one said.

‘A young Iraq model was simply enjoying & loving life like other pretty girls.

‘Unfortunately she got shooted (sic) & killed by few militants. I am truly heart broken & saddened by such a tragic news,’ another wrote.

‘This Thursday it was Tara… Next Thursday, who will it be?’ a third tweeted.

‘Anyone who finds excuses for those who kill a girl just because she had decided to live like most other girls on the planet is an accomplice to her murder,’ wrote Ahmad al-Basheer, an Iraqi satirist who lives in exile in Jordan after having faced death threats.

 

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