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Turkmen official shot by Kurdish security at checkpoint dies

By Rudaw 29/5/2017
A member of the Kurdish security near the multi-ethnic town of Khurmatu. File photo: Rudaw
A member of the Kurdish security near the multi-ethnic town of Khurmatu. File photo: Rudaw
KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region – A Turkmen party official who was shot by a security force member at a checkpoint in Tuz Khurmatu on Friday has passed away in hospital in Kirkuk. The party said they will not “let go” of her death. 
 
Hayat Safadin, 22, was travelling on a bus with more than a dozen other party members to attend their congress in Erbil when they passed through a checkpoint manned by Kurdish security forces, Asayesh, in Tuz Khurmatu, about 80 kilometres south of Kirkuk. 

She was the head of the Turkmen Reform Party’s office in Balaz Rud, a district in Diyala Province. 
 
Her party enjoys good relations with Kurdish parties, especially with the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). 
 
The Khurmatu Asayesh, under control of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), said on Friday that the bus did not follow orders at the checkpoint.
 
“The bus passengers were 16 and did not have any problem,” Suhel Najm, head of the PUK Khurmatu Asayesh, told Rudaw on Friday.
 
“But when they passed the checkpoint they took a photograph of the checkpoint and we shouted for the bus to stop, but with no success. That is why one of our members opened fire and caused this incident,” Najm added. 
 
The security official explained they have taken extra security measures at checkpoints after receiving intelligence that ISIS militants may try to pass through the security checks disguised in civilian clothes.
 
He said the person who opened fire was arrested and interrogation of him continues. 
 
“The Khurmatu Asayesh will interrogate the Asayesh member, who will receive the harshest penalty as allowed by the law,” Najm promised following the incident.  
 
The deputy head of the Turkmen party Muna Qawachi, also a member of the Kurdish parliament, told Rudaw that they will pursue the case. 
 
“We will not let go of her blood and will take the case to the court,” Qawachi said.

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Dice | 29/5/2017
Everyone who's been living in Iraq/Kurdistan for more than 1 day KNOWS that taking pictures of security checkpoints or any other military/security personal or installations is highly FORBIDDEN. These people were from Iraq and knew this fact VERY well
Carl | 29/5/2017
taking pictures of security post driving away and not following command to stop in a war zone is what you do if you want to commite suicide, it's a miracle that the other passenger's survived
Dana | 29/5/2017
everyone on the buss including the buss driver should be tried and sentenced by the authoraties
MOAC | 29/5/2017
Sounds to me Asyaish followed the correct routine, the driver did not stop
Erdil | 29/5/2017
Not that specially I support the Turk....mens but this is a failure and unprofessional behaviour of Asayish. You do not shot because somebody took a picture That is not the way to build Confidence between the parties
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