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Iraqi premier orders prosecution for looters in Tikrit

April 3, 2015

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi says the military will begin arresting and prosecuting anyone who loots abandoned properties in the newly-recaptured city of Tikrit.

Saddam Hussein’s hometown was recaptured by Iraqi forces Wednesday, ending a nearly 10-month occupation by the Islamic State militant group. Most of the city’s homes remain abandoned and cases of looting from homes and businesses were reported within hours of the military victory.

In a statement Friday, al-Abadi said security forces must ensure that normalcy is restored quickly so that the city’s residents can return to their homes.