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30 Sep 2018

Breaking: Ex beauty queen gunned down while driving

A former Iraqi beauty queen was murdered by two motorcyclists who opened fire as she drove her white convertible through Baghdad — the latest in a string of attacks on secular-minded celebrities in the beleaguered country.

Tara Fares, 22, had 2.7 million followers on Instagram. The tattooed beauty was also a popular fashion model.

She was hit by three bullets Thursday as she drove her white convertible through an upscale neighborhood in Iraq’s capital.

Fares, a former Miss Baghdad and runner-up for Miss Iraq, was living in the Kurdish-dominated town of Erbil but had been spending more time in Baghdad recently. She was a Christian whose father is Iraqi and mother is Lebanese.

Shortly after her death, one of her Instagram followers posted, “in a treacherous and cowardly incident, Tara Fares Chamoun is with God. We asked God to accept her with His greatest mercy.’’

This past week, a women’s rights activist, Suad al-Ali, was assassinated in Basra, Iraq — shot dead on the way to her car.

Nibras al-Maamouri, the head of the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum, told The New York Times that the targeting of well-known females in Iraq had “greatly increased.”

“This is not something new, but to reach to the level of direct killing in front of people is dangerous,” she said.

“What happened to Tara Fares was abhorrent.”


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