Intelligence officer close to ousted PUK leader killed in Erbil's car blast

Erbil's Friday blast killed a senior commander in a security body affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), sources said earlier today.

A blast caused by a sticky explosive device attached to a vehicle killed the driver and injured four passengers, two women and two children, in the region's capital city on Friday.
A source told Shafaq News Agency that the victim is a commander of the counter-Terrorism agency affiliated with the Sulaymaniyah-based PUK.
Colonel Hawkar Abdallah served in the PUK's intelligence body (Zanyari) in Erbil and Nineveh and was close to the PUK's former co-president, Lahur Sheikh Jangi, another source said.
The region's Counter-terrorism Service confirmed in a statement that the target was a member of the Security Council of the Kurdistan region.
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