Gunmen attack Iraqi TV station that showed protest

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 20, 2011 18:34

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — Gunmen burst into a Kurdish television station in northern Iraq on Sunday, shooting up the equipment and setting fire to the building, apparently in retaliation for footage they aired earlier in the week of a deadly protest, station officials said.

A group of 40 to 50 gunmen wearing military style clothes attacked the headquarters of NRT television in Sulaimaniyah, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, said Farhang Hars, a station spokesman. The station had only been on air for a few days but had broadcast footage of a deadly protest this week in Sulaimaniyah.

"The channel showed some footage from the last demonstration in Sulaimaniyah, and it seems our work annoyed some sides," said Shaswar Abdul-Wahid, the Kurdish businessman who owns the channel. He did not elaborate on exactly who he thought was responsible.

During Thursday's protest, security guards opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators that had surrounded the Sulaimaniyah headquarters of Kurdish President Massoud Barzani's political party and pelted it with stones.


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