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Daesh Attempts to Assassinate Iraqi Kurdish Leader

© Sputnik / Hikmet DurgunKemal Kerkûkî
Kemal Kerkûkî - Sputnik International
Daesh suicide bombers attempted to assassinate Iraqi Kurdistan parliament speaker and Peshmerga leader Kemal Kerküki, who survived and told Sputnik Turkiye about the attack.

Iraqi Kurdistan parliament speaker and Peshmerga leader Kemal Kerküki was nearly assassinated in an attack by the Daesh terrorist group, he told Sputnik Turkiye.

"Daesh fighters planned to blow up booby-trapped cars around where our units were located, but Peshmerga forcess prevented the terrorist attack," Kerküki told Sputnik Turkiye.

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He added that of the six Daesh fighters planning the attack, one blew himself up, while the rest were killed by Peshmerga soldiers.

"Clashs between Peshmerga and Daesh jihadists continue in the Kirkuk area from time to time. We intend to continue fighting until we completely cleanse Kirkuk and the surrounding countryside of terrorists," he told Sputnik Turkiye.

Kerküki added that five Peshmerga soldiers were wounded as a result of the attack, in which several explosives-laden cars used by Daesh fighters were destroyed.

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