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Iraqi Instagram model gunned down in Baghdad amid spate of female activist assassinations

Iraqi social media star Tara Faris has been killed by unidentified gunmen in Baghdad, according to reports, amid a string of murders across the country targeting female activists.

She was reportedly shot and killed while in her car in a Baghdad neighborhood.

Faris was recently listed as one of the most popular Iraqis on social media, with 2.7 million followers on Instagram. Faris, who was born in 1998 to an Iraqi father and a Lebanese mother, got her start as a beauty pageant contestant in 2015, according to Al Arabiya.

She then moved to Europe before returning to Iraq, living in Erbil and Baghdad.

Her murder is the latest in a string of assassinations which have targeted women – with some speculating that religious extremists could be behind the attacks.

Earlier this week, a female activist who helped organize protests in Iraq’s southern city of Basra was shot dead by masked gunmen.

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