Two people break head of secondary school principal south of Kirkuk

Kirkuk, October 5, 2022: Zaidan Ali, director of Shahidan High School in Daquq district, receives treatment in the hospital after being beaten by two people, suspected to be failed students. KirkukNow

By KirkukNow

The principal of a secondary school in Daquq district, south of Kirkuk governorate, was attacked by two people who were riding a motorcycle, suspected of being former students of that school.

On Wednesday, October 5, two bikers attack Zaidan Ali Muhammad, principal of Shahidan High School, while he was returning home after cleaning the school in preparation for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

According to information obtained by (KirkukNow), the two people who attacked the school principal were students of the school earlier and failed.

"Two teachers and me have been working for two days to repair pipes and some other supplies to prepare the school for the new school year. At one o'clock in the afternoon, after the teachers left, I closed the school door and headed back. I went home riding my bicycle, and after I was a short distance from the school, they collided my bicycle with their motorcycle from behind and I fell to the ground."

"After that, they both beat me and injured me," he added

According to the medical report, his head was fractured and his legs were injured.

The principal has registered a case and is determined to prosecute the two people who assaulted him, even though he did not accuse specific people in his interviews with the media.

However, according to information obtained by (KirkukNow) from a source in Daquq police, the perpetrators of the attack are suspected to be two former students in the same school, and that they did so because they failed last year.

The source stressed that "the two people were driving a motorcycle and collided with the principal of the school from behind, and after they brought him down, they beat him."

Daquq police say that the two people have not yet been arrested.

The accident coincided with World Teachers' Day and coincides with the approaching start of the new school year, which is scheduled to start on October 12th.

Article four of law number four of 2018 for protection of teachers dictates 1-4 years-in-prison for any one assaults a teacher or an educational supervisor. The also clearly denies access of security and military services to educational campuses.

Last April, a teacher of an elementary school of Kirkuk was attacked by relatives of a student as the teacher mediated to punt an end to fighting between two students out of school while he was heading home on Saturday.

There are over 1,300 schools and nurseries in Kirkuk for over 356,000 students, according to figures of the general commission of statistics in 2017-2018.

Located 238 kilometers north of Baghdad, the oil-rich city of Kirkuk is an ethnically mixed province for 1.7 million Arabs, Kurds and Turkmens, Muslims, Christians and Kaka'is. It has long been at the center of disputes between Baghdad and the Erbil.

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