Mas­rour Barzani an­nounces re­sult of Er­bil blasts in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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