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