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 One wounded in attack on Iraqi Kurdistan's opposition party

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One wounded in attack on Iraqi Kurdistan's opposition party  6.9.2013   


Supporter of the main Kurdish opposition, the Gorran movement, Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan region of Iraq. Photo: Aras Osman/Awene
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September 6, 2013

SL MANő, 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 said Friday.

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 opposition grouping.

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 assailant.

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 northern region,www.ekurd.net 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 Talabani.

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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