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Different bodies stand behind attacks in Diwaniya -- governor.

DIWANIYA / Aswat al-Iraq: The attack on the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) headquarters in Diwaniya last Sunday, and the recent attacks on public figures in the province made by different bodies, which have different purposes, Diwaniya Governor Salem Hussein said. "Security forces in Diwaniya arrested 23 persons, suspected of being involved in the terrorist operations in the province in the past two months, as investigation proved that three different bodies stand behind these operations in Diwaniya with different goals, including flaring up riots and pressuring Diwaniya council to influence the Thi-Qar governor to implement some of certain parties' demands," the governor told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. "The PUK was not the target of the attack, but the target was to flare up riots and spread a state of instability inside the province," he added. Media spokesperson of Syaaid Mahmoud al-Housni al-Sarkhy's office in Diwaniya had told Aswat al-Iraq news agency that more than 300 persons from Nassiriya province, were arrested while praying in a mosque two weeks ago, noting that their fate remains unknown. "The attack on PUK aims to escalate the situation between Kurds and the federal government," a source from the Diwaniya council said. Last Sunday (April 8), unknown gunmen threw a hand grenade at the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Diwaniya, causing only material damage to the building. The attacks came after the anti-Kurds statements made by secretary general of Iraqi sons organization Abbas al-Mihamadawi. Mihamadaw threatened to deport the Kurds living in Baghdad and other Arab ethnic areas to Kurdistan within one week time. Mihamadawi statements stirred reactions against him that denounced rachis inclinations of the call. Diwaniya is 180 km south of Baghdad. SH (TI)/SR

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Date:Apr 16, 2012
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