On Thursday 27th November 2008, at about 4.30 pm. Mr. Abdulamir Huseyin Bektaş, member of the Turkmen Municipal Council of Tuz Khurmatu and Mr. Talib Ali, member of the Supreme Islamic Council Representative in the village of Yengejeh which lies 4 km west of Tuz Khurmatu were assassinated by unknown gunmen.
They died after their car was sprayed with bullets while they were leaving the Yengejeh village and heading towards the Turkmen district of Tuz Khurmatu.
Their bodies were taken immediately to Tuz Khurmatu hospital for identification and were transferred to Kerkuk in order to carry out a post-mortem examination.
In the meantime another group of unidentified gunmen cut off the road and seized a bus carrying workers travelling home from the poultry field which is located about 10 kilometres north of Tuz Khurmatu. These gunmen shot the bus driver and a worker. Both victims were Arabs from the district of Suleyman Bag.
The gunmen were chased by the police and they were surrounded in a rural area near the village of Albu Sabah which is located about 5 km north of the district of Tuz Khurmatu.
The following statement was released by the chief police of Tuz Khurmatu, Colonel Hussein Ali Rashid: “After an exchange of fire between the two parties, one of the gunmen blew himself up and the other terrorist was shot by the police. The rest of the terrorists managed to escape and 3 policemen were injured as a result”.