Zuhair Mohammed was wrestling national champion

Commandos officer killed in Garmian blast is from Kirkuk

Two photos of Zuhair Mohammed, in workout and military uniforms. Courtesy of North Gas Club Facebook account

By KirkukNow

The officer who was killed in a bomb blast targeted a convoy of the Commandos forces, was a player of the wrestling team of North Gas Club and was a national champion of wrestling.

Zuher Mohammed, an officer of Kurdistan Commandos Forces, was killed and eight others were injured when a road side bomb exploded targeting their convoy in a village of Garmian, northeast of Baghdad on Wednesday afternoon.

"Zuher Mohammed has been a wrestler for North Gas Club for three years and has won the Iraqi championship twice," Sinur Azad, coach of the club’s wrestling team, told KirkukNow.

Mohammed has been a wrestler for North Gas Club for three years and has won the Iraqi championship twice

Zuhair is from Kirkuk province and played for Solav Club before joining North Gas Club.

Akam Omar, commander of the Kurdistan Commandos Forces, officer Zuher Mohammed was killed and seven others were seriously injured “while on official mission to maintain stability, security and supervise an operation in Tawera of Palkana and Zinana to counter terrorism and Daesh remnants,” said the unit in a statement.

The Commandos forces are part of the 70th Unit of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK deployed Sulaymaniyah province and Garmian administration.

"A player of our wrestling team and Iraqi champion (Lieutenant Zuhair) was martyred," North Gas Club said in a statement.

The management board and athletes of the club extended their condolences to his family.

Sunur Azad, the wrestling coach of the club, said that the body of Zuher Mohammed will be transferred from the command headquarters in Sulaymaniyah to Kirkuk for burial.

Sleeper cells and resistant pockets of the Islmaic State of Iraq and syria ISIS militants are regrouping in the rural areas of the disputed territories between Baghdad and Erbil where neither Iraqi security forces of the those of the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Region IKR are deployed.

They are posing a high threat by different tactics such as hit-and-run attacks, kidnappings, snipers, IED and roadside bombs targeting the Iraqi forces and civilians. However, IS claimed no responsibility for the incident.

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