Miss Iraq flees country over threats amid spate of murders of high-profile women

A former Miss Iraq beauty queen has fled the country after receiving death threats, which followed a spate of killings of high-profile women.

Shimaa Qasim Abdulrahman, who was awarded the crown in 2015, said she has left for Jordan after receiving a message from a man purporting to be an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) member reading “you’re next”.

“I was threatened with murder. My life was in danger. The killing of this many people scared me,” she told local Kurdish news site Rudaw. “I wasn’t comfortable living there anymore and that is why I left Iraq and came to Jordan.”

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