Kid­nap­ping and as­sas­si­na­tion con­tin­ues in Khur­ma­too

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.”

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