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 PUK member assassinated in Jalawla in disputed Diyala province

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PUK member assassinated in Jalawla in disputed Diyala province  17.8.2011  

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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 brutal”.

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 been 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 Shiites.

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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