PUK commander, two of his guards ‘killed’ during arrest attempt


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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) said Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) commander Murad Kani Kurdai and two of his security guards were killed on Thursday (November 25) during an attempted arrest.

PUK media outlets reported they received a statement from the KRSC that an "official force” was directed to arrest Kurdai in Ranya district in a legal and civil manner.

The statement was not posted to the official website of the KRSC.

PUK affiliated media said Kurdai’s security guards confronted the officers attempting to arrest the PUK commander.

Kurdai, two of his security guards and a member of the arresting force named Shamil Zrar were killed in the confrontation, according to PUK media outlets. Three others were wounded.

Security institutions will launch an investigation and make efforts to arrest the perpetrators involved in the incident and prosecute them, PUK media stated.

Kurdai’s family on Thursday night initially denied reports he had been killed.

Kurdai’s brother, Firzad Abdulrahman spoke on NRT’s Panorama program Thursday night and said his brother had survived the attack after being shot in the leg.

He said his brother was targeted due his political relationship with Lahur Sheikh Jangi Talabani.

Murad Kurdai’s son also posted on Facebook that his father was wounded but alive.

His body was reportedly returned to his family and buried overnight.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 2:43 p.m. EBL