Kidnapping and assassination continues in Khurmatoo
Security incidents are on an increase in Khurmatoo, and during the past week, 4 civilians have been shot dead and two others injured. This is in addition to burning shops.
Unknown armed men start shooting at a number of civilian Shiite Turkmens near the town’s pots office, killing one and injuring another.
Reports claim that the suspects are members of the Shiite Badr Organization, led by Hadi al Amiri.
Same night, another group of unidentified armed men burn three shops in the town’s industrial area, belonging to Turkmens and they burn one shop in the grand market owned by a Kurd.
Previously other shops have been burned in the same place, which is a Turkmen populated neighborhood and other shop owners have been threatened and asked to close their shops down.
Another shop owned by a Kurd was exploded in Imam Ahmed quarter, but did not have any casualties.
Other incidents of shooting in different areas of the town resulted in the death of one Sunni Arab and one member of Hezbollah Organization and the injury of another Sunni Arab.
Moreover, following three months of blocking, the Baghdad-Khurmatoo highway was opened last Monday, however, Khurmatoo Mayor warns Kurdish travelers that the road security is not guaranteed and he recommends Kurds not to use the road “since we are not sure how secure the road is.”