Imam killed in front of family in Ağrı

May 22, 2012, Tuesday/ 13:56:00

A 37-year-old imam was killed in front of his family in Doğubayazıt, a district of the eastern province of Ağrı, on Monday.

Mehmet Uzun, an imam in Doğubayazıt's Yaygınyurt village, was killed for unknown reasons while on his way home following the night prayer he led in the village's mosque, the Cihan news agency reported. The imam was shot in front of his house, where his wife and three children witnessed the incident.

The body of the imam, who died at the scene, was taken to Doğubayazıt State Hospital. The imam's wife and children reportedly said they did not see who shot him. The police have launched an investigation into the murder and are searching for the perpetrator or perpetrators.

Police suspect Uzun was killed by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which killed an imam, Aziz Tan, in the eastern province of Hakkari in 2010. Tan was also murdered by unknown persons while on his way home from the mosque where he was leading prayers. An investigation into Tan's murder later revealed that the PKK had masterminded the attack.

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