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Kurdish family in apparent ‘honor killing’ drama in Germany

By Polla Garmiany 3/6/2015
German police have launched a manhunt for the suspects. AP file photo.
German police have launched a manhunt for the suspects. AP file photo.

MAINZ, Germany – Two brothers of Kurdish origin were reported to have  shot dead a man and badly wounded their own mother in a family drama in the German city of Duisburg.

Although the shooting occurred on Sunday, details of the incident remain sketchy.

“For (more information) we need to interrogate the two suspects, but it is obviously connected to family affairs,” police spokesperson Ramon van der Maat was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

The identity of the dead man – identified only as Tevrat Y. -- was not immediately known. However, the two suspects appear to be the sons of the wounded female victim, who is originally a Kurd from Turkey.

Police have launched a manhunt with about 20 squad cars and a helicopter, searching several homes.

There was speculation that the dead man was the lover of the wounded woman, and that her sons had shot him in a so-called “honor” crime.

Van der Maat told the media that an international warrant could be issued for the suspects, who may have fled the country.

The 42-year-old female victim is a Kurd from Elih, the Kurdish name for the city of Batman in Turkey’s Kurdish southeast. One of her daughters is reportedly a fighter with Kurdish forces in Syria.

The condition of the mother was declared stable, following an urgent operation.

Media reports said that at lunchtime on Sunday a neighbor had heard fighting and gunshots and called the police.

With an estimated 800,000 Kurds, Germany hosts the largest community of Kurdish immigrants in Europe. So-called honor crimes are occasionally reported among Germany’s conservative Muslim community, where victims are usually women.  

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Observer | 3/6/2015
Honor Killing? The greatest dishonor that a family can bring on itself, is the murder of a family member in the name of honor. Come on! you dont murder people in the name of honor. This is the 21st Century.
Shame on you! | 3/6/2015
I spit on this family and their so called honor. Examples like yours is a disgrace to kurds. My daughter and can do whatever they want, it's their life. I try my best to guide them, but I cannot oppress them and force them doing things against their wish. You are no better than the savage Muslims that take women slaves. Shame on you!
Dasdas | 3/6/2015
I am so ashamed! Leave this primitive kind of behaviour behind, stupid foolish kurd! Our women must gain more independence and have basic rights. Kurdistan is like many other non-civilized middle eastern people, a male dominated society. Leave this behind. A strong kurdish women status is a stronger Kurdistan!
behdad | 3/6/2015
Nothing to do with islam but; if a woman of my family dates a black guy; I'll kill them both... Look at what appened to western ppl, their feminist wifes betray them with black self-haters, then the only option for much white ppl is to masturbate. Ok for a girls to study and work, but don't make a mulatto with another race. Same shit now in france with arabs; their chicks got perverted by africans
vjetar | 3/6/2015
So the mother was cheating or something?
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