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An Iraqi doctor shot his wife dead during a family dispute. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Cairo: An Iraqi doctor shot his wife dead during a family dispute, local media reported, citing security sources, the latest in a series of family violence in the country.

The husband fired three shots at his wife, who is an obstetrics and gynecology doctor, a security source said.

“The female doctor died after receiving the three shots. The crime took place in their house in the district of Al Qudus in the centre of Kirkuk [in north Iraq],” the source added. There were no immediate details of the dispute.

In recent months, Iraq has seen a string of family crimes.

Family dispute

In April, a man had set his wife on fire following a spat due to a family dispute near the capital Baghdad, local media reported.

The 35-year-old man lost his temper during the altercation, doused petrol on the woman and set her ablaze in the area of Al Mahmudia, south Baghdad, the sources added.

The 37-year-old woman was hospitalised with severe burns.

Experts blame a perceived upsurge in domestic violence in Iraq on economic woes compounded by an outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic after years of a devastating fight against Daesh terrorists in the country.