Iraqi education official gunned down in Kirkuk
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official gunned down in Kirkuk
KIRKUK, Iraq, Oct 16 (AFP) - An Iraqi Kurd
working for the education ministry was shot dead
Saturday by unknown gunmen in the northern city of
Kirkuk, an education official told AFP.
"Unknown gunmen opened fire at 8:10 am (0510 GMT) on
Abdul Ghafur Rahim Abu Bakr as he was leaving his
home," said Fawziya Abdullah, the head of the
education department for Kirkuk's province of Tamim.
Abu Bakr, employee by the education department in
Tamim, also belonged to the Patriotic Union of
Kurdistan, one of the two main Kurdish parties in
Iraq that has announced its ambition to make the
melting pot city part of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Gunmen assassinated Tamim's top education official,
Turkman Ibrahim Isamil, two months ago. Insurgents
have killed hundreds of civil servants in Iraq as
they seek to stop people from working with the
Kirkuk is sitting a top a volcano of ethnic tensions
among its Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen as each group
claims primacy over the city.
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