Random, mistaken security forces' gunfire in Kirkuk blinds a civilian, injuring another

A medical report from Kirkuk General Hospital indicates that Abbas urgently needs surgery due to the severity of his injuries, and his relatives are demanding that he be sent abroad for treatment as soon as possible.
Abbas's mother showing a photo of her son on her phone. (Photo: Kurdistan24)
Abbas's mother showing a photo of her son on her phone. (Photo: Kurdistan24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) - Iraqi security forces in Kirkuk opened fire on two civilians, severely injuring them. The victims, who are brothers, were riding their motorbike when they were mistaken for gunmen and shot at by security forces.

According to Kurdistan24, the brothers had left home for breakfast unaware that earlier, two men on motorcycles had fired at security forces, prompting the forces to set up checkpoints across the city.

As the brothers approached a security checkpoint, they were mistaken for the attackers and immediately assaulted. One brother was hit in the head by two bullets, while the other was shot in the leg.

Abbas, 23, was shot twice in the head, losing vision in both eyes.

His distraught mother told Kurdistan24, “They shot him twice. One bullet went through his right eye and exited from the other. He’s lost an eye, and his other eye has severe nerve damage. The other bullet remains lodged in his head, and his condition is very bad. We want justice because my son did nothing wrong. Their only crime was leaving the house for breakfast.”

A medical report from Kirkuk General Hospital indicates that Abbas urgently needs surgery due to the severity of his injuries, and his relatives are demanding that he be sent abroad for treatment as soon as possible.

“They called our family and told us that our sons were injured. They said one of them was shot in the head and the other was shot in the leg. We rushed to the hospital and saw their condition. These two had done nothing. Even if they were suspected, they could have been arrested,” a family member stated.

Kirkuk police did not comment on the incident but claimed that the two youths were armed at the time and failed to stop at a police checkpoint, prompting the security forces to open fire.

However, this account contradicts the family's and witnesses' statements, raising concerns about the circumstances leading to the tragic shooting.