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Aleppo: Nasruddin Birhik succumbs to his injuries following assassination attempt

KURDWATCH, February 24, 2012—Nasruddin Birhik, member of the Central Committee of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar’s Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî), succumbed to his injuries on February 21, 2012. On February 13, 2012, Birhik was driving to al‑Jawadiyah alone. East of al‑Qahtaniyah, he was attacked with dumdum bullets fired from two moving vehicles. Arab farmers who observed the attack reported that the attackers’ vehicles had license plates from Latakiah. The injured Birhik was brought to the hospital in al‑Qamishli; on February 14, he was transferred to Aleppo. It was initially assumed that supporters of the government attacked Birhik after he came into conflict with them. A leading member of a Kurdish party told KurdWatch, however, that prior to the assassination attempt, Birhik had been threatened by supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). Members of the Central Committee of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar’s el‑Partî did not wish to respond to the question of whether and by whom Birhik was threatened.

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