Masrour Barzani pledges a “strong response”, commenting on the bombing of Erbil

Kurdistan Region

Masrour Barzani


The bombing of Erbil

2020-09-30 16:02

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Shafaq News / Today, Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani condemned the missile attack that targeted Erbil.

The Prime Minister wrote on his official account on Twitter, “I strongly condemn the missile attack this evening in Erbil. The Kurdistan Regional Government will not tolerate any attempt to undermine Kurdistan’s stability, and our response will be strong.”

He added, “I spoke to Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi about the need to hold the perpetrators accountable.”

The international coalition forces announced that they are investigating the missile strikes that targeted areas around Erbil International Airport.

” Initial reports indicate that indirect fire did not fall on coalition forces in Erbil tonight. There were no casualties or damage. The incident is under investigation,” coalition spokesman Wayne Maruto said in a tweet .

And the Counter-Terrorism Foundation in the Kurdistan Region revealed, earlier today, that six missiles launched from Nineveh Governorate landed near Erbil International Airport.

A statement of the Foundation, received by Shafaq News, stated that the missiles were launched at 8:30 pm from Sheikh Amir village of Mosul, which is under the control of the Popular Mobilization Forces, towards Erbil International Airport.

He added that those rockets landed far from the airport, and two of them did not explode and did not cause any human damage.

The village of Sheikh Amir belongs to Bartella district in the Hamdaniya district, 38 km from the city of Mosul.

For its part, the Ministry of Interior of the Kurdistan Regional Government revealed more details about the bombing.

The ministry said in a statement received by Shafaq News, “At 8:30 pm today, six missiles were launched towards Erbil International Airport, and fortunately their targets were not hit and no damage was caused.”

She added, “The rockets were fired on a pick-up wheel at the Bartella border between the villages of Sheikh Amir and Tarjila, which are areas within the borders of the 30th Brigade of the Popular Mobilization Forces.”

“Our specialized teams are continuing their required investigations in this regard, to obtain more information,” she added.

The ministry added, “While we strongly condemn this cowardly terrorist act, we declare our full readiness to deter any aggression, and we demand the federal government to take the necessary measures.”

The head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Faleh al-Fayyad, issued an order on September 21 to exempt Waad al-Qaddo from the duties of the commander of the 30th Brigade in the Popular Mobilization Forces, and to assign Zain al-Abidin Jamil Khader to replace him.

This faction is spread in the Nineveh Plains, especially in Shabak areas, and faces accusations by Sunni tribes in Nineveh of committing violations against their sons by placing them in secret prisons, torturing them, and in some cases liquidating them.

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