On June 9, 2014, Mustafa Abdul Aziz Sadiq, a lecturer in the department of accounting at the Technical Institute of Baquba, was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen, using silencers, after leaving his house in Baquba, the provincial capital of Diyala located about 30 miles northeast of Baghdad.
The following day, two bombs exploded in the cemetery where Professor Sadiq’s funeral was held, killing or injuring as many as 20 people in attendance, including a number of Professor Sadiq’s colleagues. Among the victims of the blasts was Faisal Khalil Ibrahim, a lecturer at the Technical Institute of Baquba. Professor Ibrahim was killed.
Scholars at Risk is concerned about the targeted attack and killing of higher education personnel. In addition to the harm to the immediate victims, 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.