Wave of car bomb­ings hit Er­bil

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

A se­ries of ex­plo­sions hit the Iraqi city of Er­bil, the cap­i­tal of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion yes­ter­day killing six peo­ple and in­jur­ing 84 oth­ers.

Five car bombs had been det­o­nated near the head­quar­ters of Kur­dish se­cu­rity ser­vices on Sun­day, fol­lowed by gun­fire. The first blast was a sui­cide car bomb, while an ex­plo­sives-rigged am­bu­lance was det­o­nated when peo­ple rushed to check for ca­su­al­ties.

As soon as the ex­plo­sion oc­curred, gun shots were heard and cars re­versed in an at­tempt to es­cape the chaotic sit­u­a­tion. Se­cu­rity forces were also able to dif­fuse another car bomb be­fore it could be det­o­nated, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Se­cu­rity forces is­sued a warn­ing to all cit­i­zens in Er­bil not to get close to the ex­plo­sion ar­eas. All trans­porta­tion into and out of Er­bil, the Kur­dish cap­i­tal, were halted for sev­eral hours.

Those in­jured in the blast were taken to Hos­pi­tal. Sun­day's blasts were the first to hit Er­bil since May 2007, when a truck bomb ex­ploded near the same asayesh head­quar­ters, killing 14 peo­ple and wound­ing more than 80.

The blasts came a day af­ter re­sults were an­nounced for the re­gion's par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, which saw Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party in the first place Change move­ment in sec­ond place ahead of Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan which is in the third place.

Se­cu­rity forces stand on guard and in­spect the re­mains of a blast hap­pened in front of Er­bil's se­cu­rity main build­ing in the prov­ince of Er­bil, cap­i­tal of the au­ton­o­mous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. A string of blasts hit the city, killing six se­cu­rity mem­bers per­son­nel and in­jur­ing 62 oth­ers, on Septem­ber 29.

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