Masrour Barzani announces result of Erbil blasts investigation
At a press conference, Masrour Barzani, Head of the Kurdistan Security Council, has announced the result of investigations into the deadly September 29 bombing of the intelligence headquarters in Erbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region. The Director of Erbil’s security office announced that his forces have arrested three people responsible for planning the attacks.
Barzani revealed that no local residents appear to have helped the terrorists carry out the bombing in Erbil.
Kurdish media outlets announced a few days ago that there were Kurds within the terrorist group, but Barzani rejected the reports.
The recorded confessions of the three detainees were shown to the journalists who attended the press conference. Each one of the three was responsible for implementing part of the plan to blow up security headquarters. The terrorists bought a minibus and a car outside the Kurdistan Regional Government ( KRG) administration to transport the suicide bombers and explosives to Erbil.
The three have confessed to being members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and to being residents of Mosul.
Erbil is in a stable part of Iraq and the region has not witnessed an attack of this sort for six years.
The Director of Erbil’s security office, Tariq Nouri, said that at least seven people had been reported killed and another 72 wounded in the September 29 bombings in Erbil, which targeted the headquarters of the security forces and the Ministry of the Interior.
Reports described a car bomber ramming a checkpoint outside a housing complex belonging to the Ministry of the Interior and a number of security agencies.
A short while later, as the emergency services arrived, another bomber struck in an ambulance rigged with explosives as gunmen attacked on foot.
Masrour Barzani, head of Kurdistan Security Council, speaks during a press conference regarding the Erbil blasts, which happened on Septbember 29.