The deputy security chief of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the former rebel faction ruling Arbil, was wounded and his three bodyguards killed in an ambush Sunday outside his home, police said. The KDP number two security official Jawamir Attiyah Kaki was rushed to hospital, said Arbil’s police chief Nariman Abdel Hamid. “It happened at 8:25 am (0525 GMT) in the morning as he was leaving his home in the Runaki district in the south of the city. Assailants opened fire with automatic weapons, wounding him and killing his three bodyguards,” Hamid said. “This is a terrorist operation against the ministry of interior because they have a big role in fighting terrorism.” On Christmas Eve, a suicide car bomber killed four people, as well as himself, and wounded 101 people in front of Arbil’s interior ministry. The radical group, Ansar al-Islam, an Iraqi Kurdish branch with ties to the al-Qaeda terror group, has operated in the eastern Kurdish province of Sulaimaniyah. Full Story
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