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Date of Incident: February 15, 2014

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Mosul | University of Telafer (Tal Afar)

Region & Country:Western Asia | Iraq

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On February 15, 2014 university professor Omar Mohamed Yunis was shot dead in front of his house in western Mosul.
According to an anonymous police source in Niniveh, unidentified gunmen opened fire with machine guns in front of Professor Yunis’s house in the Mosul Jadeeda area of western Mosul (New Mosul neighborhood-Mosul city).  Professor Yunis died at the scene.  Professor Yunis taught at the University of Tal Afar in al-Mosul al-Jadeeda, west of Mosul. As of this report, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Scholars at Risk is concerned about the apparently targeted killing of a professor.  In addition to the harm to the immediate victim, such incidents have a chilling effect on academic freedom and institutional autonomy. State officials have a responsibility to ensure the security of higher education communities, to prevent future attacks, and to hold perpetrators of violent attacks accountable.