Two civilians were killed in separate incidents in Kirkuk, sources told KirkukNow.
At around 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, the body of a young man was found in central Kirkuk’s Shorija neighborhood. Preliminary investigations revealed that the victim died of gunshot wounds.
“The body of Muhammad Ali Sharif, 23, was found near the Cancer Center,” said Saman Ramazan, head of the anti-crime office at Azadi police station.
Security forces have launched investigations into the incident.
Also on Tuesday, a 28-year-old man was shot dead on the main highway between Kirkuk city and Dubz district.
A source from Dubz police told KirkukNow that the victim called Taha Muhammad Hamid was shot by unknown gunmen, indicating that he died immediately of his injuries.
The slain man is a resident of Dur Kibrit residential compound located between Alawa Mahmoud and Mar’I villages northwest of Kirkuk.
The incidents occurred as security forces started a house to house search campaign in different parts of Kirkuk city.
A recent report by the Center for Human Rights in Iraq, a local NGO, said that throughout last November a total of 38 people have died in various circumstances in Kirkuk, indicating that “31 terrorists” were among the dead.
The report added that during the same period 18 people were injured in acts of violence, while 8 suspects were arrested on terrorism charges.
Security responsibility for the center of Kirkuk is undertaken by the 61st Brigade directed by the Joint Operations Command, while the dossier is run by the army, federal police and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the province's districts and sub-districts.