Security Force accused of murder
At the night of the 17th of April, the maimed body of a 25-year-old man was discovered. His family held one of Kirkuk’s Security Forces responsible for murdering their son, without being able to say which one.
The man was identified as Nafi’e Ahmed and was abducted in his house on April 17. He was found dead by the police later. In a demonstration on April 18, his relatives carried his body while demanding an investigation and accusing a security force for the incident.
Sultan Muhamad, one of the protesters, told Kirkuk Now: “A security force abducted Nafi’e Ahmed two days ago, and handed him over dead later.” He added, “We urge the Kirkuk Administration for the arrest of the murderers and to hand them over to the court. We ask them not to allow such violations.”
In Kirkuk two security forces are active; one of them belongs to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the other to Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). They are party affiliated, and no art of the police force. The deceased relatives did not mention any specific force..
Jamal Taheer, the Chief of the Kirkuk Police, promised to raise legal procedures against anyone who is responsible, saying that “A high committee has been formed to investigate the case, and if anyone has a hand in the incident he would be held accountable.”
Rakan Saeed, the Deputy Governor of Kirkuk, has been appointed as the head of the high committee. He also denounces the activities of security forces in Kirkuk , “We investigate if a Security Force has played a role in this incident. We cannot exclude the possibility they may have had one in this matter.” He accused the force of being an ‘illegal and suspicious’ element in Kirkuk.
Karwan Salhi, Karim Muhamad – Kirkuk Now