Hundreds of Kurdish, Turkoman Students Clash in N. Iraq
Hundreds of Kurdish and Turkoman students clashed Monday at an institute in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, wounding nine students and three policemen, a local police source said.
The clash occurred during a ceremony held by the Turkoman students to honor the Turkomans who were killed in the town of Elton Kubri, some 40 km north of Kirkuk City, during the Turkomans ' uprising in 1991 against Saddam Hussein's regime, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Turkoman students raised the flag of their ethnic group on the building of the institute, provoking the Kurdish students and prompting a fight, which developed from tussle and hurling stones into using weapons, the source said.
Iraqi security forces and riot police cordoned off the scene and the situation was under control after several hours, the source added.
The ethnically mixed province of Kirkuk and its capital Kirkuk City are part of the disputed areas between the Kurds and both Arabs and Turkomans.
Kurds consider the northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk and parts of Nineveh, Diyala and Salahudin provinces as disputed areas and want them to be incorporated into their semi-autonomous Kurdish region, a move fiercely opposed by the Arabs and Turkomans.