Iraqi PM orders investigation into Basra violence

Tasnim – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation into recent violence reportedly sparked by mismanagement and the poor services in the port city of Basra.

The national security team of al-Abadi is investigating the situation in Basra, according to a statement by his office late on Friday, AP reported.

Al-Abadi also said he would release funds earmarked for public programs in Basra, the report added.

Eleven people have been reportedly killed in the violent protests against corruption and lack of basic services over the past five days.

During the protests, the Iranian consulate was also attacked and set on fire in the southern city.

The Iranian consulate’s building was not the first to be set on fire. The angry demonstrators had earlier set government buildings ablaze as well. The buildings included the headquarters of the local government, the ruling Dawa Party, the Supreme Islamic Council and the Badr Organization.