Pro-PKK political figure killed southwest of Sulaymaniyah

Suhail Khurshid Aziz (62). Photo circulated on social media platforms

By KirkukNow

A political figure and historian, close to Kurdistan Workers Party PKK, was killed in a town southwest of Sulaymaniyah province on Sunday by unidentified gunmen, local police said.

Suhail Khurshid Aziz, a political figure and historian of Kafri district, was shot dead in front of his house.

Garmian police spokesman Ali Jamal Qaduri told KirkukNow that Suhail Khurshid, 62, was shot dead by unknown gunmen.

"Police have arrived at the scene and launched investigations to reveal the identity of the perpetrators and the body has been sent to the forensic medical examination," police spokesman said.

Khurshid was an employee of the Kifri Agriculture Department, a political figure, historian and writer.

He is also considered a figure close to the PKK as he was a member of the Freedom Movement, a party close to the PKK, fighting Turkey since 1980s and holding territories in Iraqi Kurdistan Region IKR and the disputed territories between the Iraqi federal government Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government KRG in Erbil.

The town of Kifri is the centre of Kifri District, home to a Kurdish majority and a Turkmen and Arab minority, in Diyala Province, northeast of Baghdad, administered by the KRG under Garmian administration, part of Sulaymaniyah province, but remains a disputed area.

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