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Two PKK Leaders Killed Near Sulaymaniyah

Two PKK Leaders Killed Near Sulaymaniyah

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 - 07:45
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters are pictured in Sinjar, northwest Iraq, on March 11, 2015. Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

Two senior Kurdistan Communities Group (KCK) were killed while on Mount Azmar overlooking the city of Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan Region’s Asayesh (Security) announced on Tuesday following an investigation.

In its statement on Tuesday, the committee said that they were killed in a vague explosion on Oct.15, demanding that the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan command provide justifications regarding the incident.

Initially, Sulaimaniyah's security forces labeled it an explosion and did not allow media to go to the scene. On Tuesday, they provided more details, stating that it was a targeted killing of senior PKK members.

“On October 15, 2019, between hours 17:10 to 17:15, two senior cadres of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) named Jameel and Demhat, atop Mount Azmar in a tourist location among civilians, were barbarically targeted,” Kurdistan Region’s Asayesh Agency announced in a statement on Tuesday.

Following “sophisticated and dense investigations” on the “crime scene”, they uncovered the identity of the targeted to be members of the KCK, an umbrella group under which PKK and its affiliated groups fall.

“While they had gone into that area without notifying the relevant authorities of the Kurdistan Region, they were targeted by a Turkish drone while among civilians and in the city of Sulaimaniyah at a tourist location,” added the Asayesh.

The statement called on the legislative and executive regional authorities to clarify the ramifications of the incident and announce them transparently.

PUK spokesman Latif Sheikh Omer stated that the incident has security prospects. Analysts said that the operation has likely been conducted by a grenade that was closely thrown at the two men since the operation can’t be carried out by a drone.

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