Candidate for Iraq’s Parliamentary Election Shot Dead in Kirkuk: Police

Candidate for Iraq’s Parliamentary Election Shot Dead in Kirkuk: Police

Teacher and candidate for the upcoming Iraq’s parliamentary election was killed on Tuesday (February 6) in Kirkuk, police said.

Kirkuk police reported Ali Almas, who was a university teacher and the spokesman for Kirkuk University, was shot dead by a group of armed men on Baghdad road.

Almas was a Turkmen and a candidate in the Nasr and Islah (Victory and Reform) List for the Iraqi parliamentary election, led by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The incidents of murdering and assassination have increased in the city of Kirkuk since mid-October when Iraqi forces alongside Hashid al-Shaabi retook the city from the Kurdish forces.

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), 15 people were killed and six others wounded in Kirkuk in December, but the report for January had no casualties.