May 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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A bomb attack hit the house of Turkmen Deputy Erşad Salihi who was elected Iraqi Turkmen Front President in the Iraqi city ofKirkuk.

Updated 13.05.2011 06:29:36 UTC

The house was severely damaged in the attack, which luckily claimed no lives. Salihi said they anticipated such an attack, and urged American forces in Kirkuk to find the perpetrators.

“It was curious that US jets were flying over Kirkuk at the time of the attack. We expect a statement from them,” Salihi said. Turkmen deputy argued that the main purpose of the assault is to cause rift among brothers of the same country.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu condemned the attack on Salihi’s house and said “Our only comfort and consolation is that there are no deaths. Such provocative attacks would cause nothing but dangerous strain in Iraq, whose stability and peace we care deeply about.”

Minister Davutoğlu talked to Salihi on the phone and conveyed messages of solidarity and support.

Meanwhile, the convoy of Kirkuk Police Chief Cemal Tahir who was on his way to Salihi’s house hit a road mine. Two of Tahir’s guards were wounded. Kirkuk Police Department launched a wide scale operation about the two incidents. Police took extraordinary measures to secure safety in the area



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