Torture victim | Pregnant woman dies after being arrested by Turkish intelligence and Military Police in Afrin • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Torture victim | Pregnant woman dies after being arrested by Turkish intelligence and Military Police in Afrin

Aleppo province: SOHR activists have reported death of a six-month pregnant woman from Hamshlak village in Rajo district; after exposed above six hours of severe torture inside a Turkish intelligence headquarters in Afrin city north west Aleppo.

According to SOHR sources, the female victim was arrested by the Turkish intelligence and Military Police on October 11, with her husband and two other persons from Azadi square in Afrin city, after accusing them of involving in the explosion that took place on October 11, which left nine people dead, including four members of Turkish-backed factions. The detainees were taken to “Amir al-Ghobary” school which the Turkish intelligence uses as its headquarters in Afrin.

The detainees were subject to brutal torture and severe beating by members of the Turkish intelligence and Military Police, which caused severe injury of the female detainee and bruises throughout her body and she was transported to a hospital in Afrin for recovery, however, she died affected by the wounds she sustained.

Turkish intelligence released her husband and the two other persons since it wasn’t proven that they were involved in the explosion, and the family of the victim received kidnap threats by the Turkish intelligence and Military Police if the family exposes the victim’s details of death to the media, and demanded the family to claim that she died due to health problem regarding the pregnancy.

On October 17, The Public Security Service of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham in Idlib province announced that it arrested the cell which detonated the booby-trapped car in Afrin city on October 11. In a statement issued, HTS Public Security Service confirmed that it arrested the three persons carried out the explosion which left nine people dead, including five civilians. The pictures posted by the Public Security Service showed the three persons, after being arrested, with marks of torture on their bodies.

On October 11, SOHR sources reported that Afrin Police arrested two suspected young men who were involved in the explosion in overcrowded place and took them to its detention centers. SOHR activists had documented the death of nine civilians, they were four fighters of Ankara-backed factions and five civilians among them there were three people, including a female, inside the exploded car, they all were killed in car-bomb explosion in Afrin city.

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