A Kurdish political activist and a member of the Committee for Solidarity with the Families of PKK Martyrs, Yasin Bulut, has been assassinated in the city of Sulaymaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Bulut was targeted by unidentified person or persons while he was walking in one of the quarters of the city around 9 AM local time on 17 September, and died of his injuries as a result of the attack, reported MA.
Bulut was a 64-year-old political activist who had been arrested after the 1980 military coup in Turkey to be imprisoned until he was released in 1991. Also subjected to constant torture in the notorious Diyarbakır (Amed) prison at the time, Bulut had joined the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) after his release.
The External Relations Committee of PKK released a statement upon the incident indicating that the assassination was a part of recent attacks by the Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MİT) and its proxies targeting Kurdish patriots in Sulaymaniya.
“The contra-guerilla organisation of the fascist Turkish state, MİT, and its proxies, have been attacking Kurdish patriots from Northern Kurdistan in the city of Sulaymaniya for the last two days,” the statement said..
“They murdered our friend Yasin Bulut, who had come to Sulaymaniya for medical treatment, in front of the house he was staying at this morning. Yasin Bulut was on his way to the hospital when he was approached from behind by Turkish contras and was shot in the back. This murder has been committed not only against us but also against the stability of Sulaymaniya and all the people of Southern Kurdistan.”
The statement added that the armed assault one day before, targeting a political refugee Ferhat Barış Kondu, was also part of the coordinated attacks by MİT.
Kondu was shot and wounded on 16 September in his own office by masked assailants.
PKK’s statement indicated that the two incidents showed that the Erdoğan administration in Turkey has started a campaign of assassinations, and added:
“The way the Turkish MİT can so easily conduct state terrorism here requires explanations from both the Sulaymaniya administration and the Kurdistan Regional Government, and measures ought to be taken accordingly.”