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 Kurdish youths attacked offices in six towns of an Islamist party

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Kurdish youths attacked offices in six towns of an Islamist party 7.12.2005

 


Kurdistan-Iraq, (Reuters) - In Kurdish northern Iraq, tensions over the election boiled over into mob violence when youths attacked offices in six towns of an Islamist party which has broken with the dominant, secular bloc in the region to run against it next week.

A senior official of the Kurdish Islamic Party was among four people killed, party officials said. The regional president Massoud Barzani, who heads one of the two rival secular parties that form the main bloc, condemned the attacks on television.

In an election in which voters are polarised among different sectarian and ethnic groups, much of the sharpest campaigning has been among parties competing for votes within communities.

(AFP)
In the largely calm Iraqi Kurdistan, three Iraqis, including a candidate standing in the election, were killed late on Tuesday in attacks on the offices of the Islamic Union of Kurdistan, according to party sources.

Mushir Ahmed, an Islamic Union election candidate, was killed in an assault against the party's office in Dohuk, in Iraqi Kurdistan, the faction said.

Two other members of the movement were killed in another attack in Zakho, further north, it said.

One party official, Ismail Rafandi, accused supporters of the main joint Kurdish list formed by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of being behind the violence.

The Islamic Union, which ran in the January election as party of the Kurdish coalition, is this time standing alone in the December 15 vote.

Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, denounced the attacks, saying: "We reject this sort of behaviour and condemn it."
 

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