Abdel Karim was among six journalists killed when the offices of the Patriotic
Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)
were attacked in twin suicide bombings as the two Kurdish groups hosted
guests to commemorate the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid.
More than 100 people, including several senior leaders in both parties,
were killed in the 10:45 a.m. attack. Kurdish groups blamed the bombings
on Islamist extremist groups based in northern Iraq who oppose the
secular Kurdish political groups.
Nader and Haymin Mohamed Salih were cameramen covering the festivities
for Qulan TV, which is run by KDP. Mohamed and Gharib Mohamed Salih
were freelance cameramen covering the event for Kurdistan TV, which
is also run by the KDP. Mohyideen was a freelance cameraman hired
by the KDP to film the occasion. Abdel Karim was a freelance photographer
working for the Arabic-language daily Al-Ta’akhy.