One wounded in attack on Iraqi Kurdistan's
September 6, 2013
Supporter of the main Kurdish opposition, the Gorran
movement, Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan region of Iraq. Photo:
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Kurdistan region 'Iraq',ó A gunman opened
fire on supporters of Iraqi Kurdistan's main
opposition party, wounding a man, barely two weeks
ahead of regional parliamentary elections, officials
The shooting, which occurred at 11:00 pm (2000 GMT)
on Thursday in the region's second city
Sulaimaniyah, targeted a gathering for the Gorran
(Change) bloc, the third-biggest political party in
Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region and the largest
Sulaimaniyah province security chief Awat Ahmed said
the man was wounded in the chest by a gunshot, and
said the authorities were still looking for the
Provincial health spokesman Siamend Khaled said the
victim was in stable condition.
The shooting comes ahead of September 21
parliamentary elections in the three-province
and is the second attack on Gorran supporters in the
run-up to the polls.
This week, five people were wounded -- two
supporters, two policemen and a journalist -- when a
group of people targeted a Gorran gathering with
sticks and water bottles.
Gorran, which means change in Kurdish, surprised
many observers with a strong performance in July
2009 regional parliamentary elections.
The party failed, however, to break the duopoly on
power held by the Kurdistan Democratic Party of
regional President Massoud Barzani and Patriotic
Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of Iraqi President Jalal
It is looking to expand further in the upcoming
polls, particularly in its home base of Sulaimaniyah
province where it competes fiercely with the PUK.
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