PUK member assassinated in Jalawla in
disputed Diyala province
August 17, 2011
JALAWLA, Diyala, Iraq, — A Kurdish
engineer abducted in the disputed town of Jalawla in
Diyala province was blown up with explosives by his
captors in an act that officials describe as “most
The victim Ahmed Amen, an affiliate of the Patriotic
Union of Kurdistan (PUK) was strapped into an
explosive vest before being released close to a
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office and a local
mosque. Seconds later the vest was detonated.
Jalawla PUK branch chairman Sarchl Adnan decried the
violence of the killing, saying that Amen was killed
“most brutally and inhumanely”.
The Diyala district,
which includes a string of villages and some of
Iraq's oil reserves, is home to about 175,000 Kurds,
most of them Shiites.
Jalawla mayor Anwar
Hussein, described the act signalled a “new trend of
terror against the Kurds.”
Amen marks the second PUK affiliate killed in Diyala
in just three days. On Monday, a PUK official from
Jawlala and his guard were gunned down in front of
the former’s home, and in June, PUK member Adib
Adbul-Khaliq, was also shot dead.
Also last Sunday, the official in charge of the
Branch of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK),
led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, in Saadiya
township of northeast Iraq’s Diyala Province,www.ekurd.nethas
killed, together with his bodyguard
, Diyala’s Security Committee Chief reported.
Diyala province, a
restive part of Iraq outside the Kurdish autonomous
region of Kurdistan but home to many Kurds. The Diyala district, which includes a string of villages and
some of Iraq's oil reserves, is home to about 175,000 Kurds, most of them
In June 2006, the local council of Khanaqin proposed that the district be
integrated into the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.
During the Arabisation policy of Saddam Hussein in the 1980s, a large number of
Kurdish Shiites were displaced by force from Khanaqin. They started returning
after the fall of Saddam in 2003.
Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution is related to the normalization of the
situation in Kirkuk city and other disputed areas like Khanaqin.
Kurdistan's government says oil-rich Khanaqin should be part of its
semi-autonomous region, which it hopes to expand in a referendum in the future.
In the meantime,www.ekurd.netKhanaqin and other so-called disputed areas remain targets of
Sunni Arab insurgents opposed to Kurdish expansion and vowing to hold onto land
seized during ex-dictator Saddam Hussein's efforts to "Arabize" the region.
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