Kirkuk Policeman Arrested over Assassination Charges

ERBIL— A police officer in Kirkuk who has been accused of assassinating a senior Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) cadre and top oil official in Kirkuk was arrested on Monday.

The defense and emergency police officer, a local to Kalar (some 140 km south of Sulaimaniyah), was arrested in Kirkuk at 4.00 p.m. for suspected links to assassination of Mohammed Yunis, the deputy head of North Oil Company, an informed source told BasNews.

The source, who demanded anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media, referred to the arrested policeman by his initials (Y.J.R), saying he has been taken to Rahimawa police station in Kirkuk for investigation.

Mohammed and his guard, Shaho Abdulsalam, were killed on May 2, 2017 in central Kirkuk by a group of unidentified gunmen.  

Iraqi Council of Minister formed a committee afterwards to investigate the event.