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Daughter of Kiwi killed by Isis: ‘I fear my brothers will die next’

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Left to right: Hanan Chilab, Ridha Chilab, Wjdan Chilab and Zaynab Chilab (in front) watch a video of their father and grandfather’s funeral

One of the children of slain Iraqi New Zealander Kadhem Chilab Abbas fears other family members will be next to die.

Kadhem Chilab Abbas, 42, and a father of 24, was killed last Friday in the Iraqi city of Tikrit. It’s believed he died in an explosion from a rocket fired by Islamic State terrorists.

Daughter of Kiwi killed by Isis: ‘I fear my brothers will die next’

One of the children of slain Iraqi New Zealander Kadhem Chilab Abbas fears other family members will be next to die.

Kadhem Chilab Abbas, 42, and a father of 24, was killed last Friday in the Iraqi city of Tikrit. It’s believed he died in an explosion from a rocket fired by Islamic State terrorists.

“We are in pain, and half of us may not even live,” his daughter, Wjdan Khadem Chilab, said last night at the family home in Napier.

She said she had also lost an uncle and a cousin to Isis forces in December. Their mother was currently in Iraq, overseeing Mr Abbas’ burial.

She feared her brothers would be next as they tried take revenge.

Originally from Basra, Mr Abbas and his family came to New Zealand as refugees in 2003.

They settled in Napier before he returned to Iraq in June to volunteer for a civilian army in the fight against the extremist Islamist group.

His 14 New Zealand family members were last night watching video footage of his remains being returned to his village in Iraq.

His daughters, Hanan Khadem Chilab and Wjdan, said he was due to visit New Zealand just two days before his death.

A relative called them early on Saturday morning to say he had been killed. It was Wjdan’s 23rd birthday.

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