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Militia group kidnaps mosque imam and prayer caller in Baghdad

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A YouTube video showed surveillance camera recordings of the kidnapping of an imam and muezzin (the individual who announces the call to prayer) in Saidiyah, a neighborhood in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

In the video, one of the people speaking about what happened was the imam’s son, who accused a militant group named Asai’b al-Haq of being behind the incident, which took place on June 12.

The imam, Nihad al-Jubouri and the muezzin al-Haj Ismail were found dead three days later.

It is said that the Shiite Asai’b al-Haq militia is a breakaway group from an paramilitary force created by the Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in June 2003.

Headed by Qais al-Khazaali, Asai’b al-Haq is also backing President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian conflict, where it is said to be protecting Shiite shrines in Damascus.