Basra Weekly Report – 26 May 2018

Overall levels of crime in Basra decreased this week, likely due to the continuation of Ramadan, which began on 17 May. One violent incident of note occurred. Official sources reported a Garamsha tribesman’s white Toyota Land Cruiser abandoned behind a Mosque in Jameat. Initial reports were unclear, though it was confirmed that the man had been kidnapped by his father-in-law on 20 May following a business dispute. Open sources reported that a Hawks Intelligence Cell had uncovered a body in an undisclosed location in Basra. Official sources confirmed that the body had been found in a freezer unit under a pile of rubble at the side of the Muhammad al-Qassim road, a notorious dumping ground for bodies. Read more in our Basra weekly report.