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Raʾs al-ʿAyn: Member of Kurdish National Council assassinated

KURDWATCH, September 29, 2012—On September 20, 2012, unknown persons assassinated Mahmud Wali (b. 1968, married, six children), member of the Kurdish National Council's General Secretariat and the Kurdish Freedom Party in Syria (Azadî), in front of the Kurdish National Council's office. An activist told KurdWatch that two masked persons had shot at Wali from a moving motorcycle. The Democratic Union Party (PYD), whose members had kidnapped and brutally tortured Wali on 8. August 2011 [further information on the case], denied press reports that they, or the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), were responsible for the murder. In a public statement, the PYD described a different course of events, claiming that an unmasked person fired the shots and left the scene on foot. Wali was buried on September 21 in Raʾs al‒ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê). Tens of thousands of people, including representatives of the PYD, took part in the funeral service.

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