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Gang rape of disabled woman horrifies Iraqis

A sexual assault on a mentally disabled Kurdish woman in a predominantly Turkmen town has shocked and outraged people across Iraq.

The sexual assault of a disabled Kurdish woman near the Altun Kupri checkpoint in northern Iraq cast a shadow on relations between ethnic groups in the region and raised concern among women's groups who fear that sexual assaults are increasing in the region.

The victim, whose name has not been publicized and whose face is blurred in media reports, is a 40-year-old woman who is mentally handicapped. Though she has been moved to a shelter in Erbil according to Kirkuk news outlets, she lived with her husband in Altun Kupri, a town also known as Prde on the Kirkuk-Erbil border. Her husband, a Turkmen, is also disabled and in his 70s. 

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