Terrorist attack averted in Akre town
Security forces arrest two terrorists planning to attack the security headquarters building in Akre
The Kurdistan Region security forces (Assayish) announced on November 3 that they have arrested two terrorists who planned to assault the security building in Akre, a town in Duhok Province.
The statement confirmed that the Assayish were able to intercept and foil the terrorists’ plot.
“The Kurdish Intelligence Agency and security forces have arrested two members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a terrorist organization”, Kurdish security said in a statement.
The statement revealed that one of the terrorists is from Syria: Qutaiba Ahmed Qassem Khateeb, known as Abu Qudata Al-Muslim, is 17 years old, and comes from Aleppo.
Khateeb crossed into Iraq with nine other terrorists after being trained by ISIS.
The arrest comes a month after a group of terrorists attacked Erbil’s security buildings, killing seven Kurdish security officers and injuring 72 people.
This was the first terrorist attack in the Kurdistan Region in six years.
Kurdish Security also said that 17-year-old Khateeb had been based in Mosul for some time, where he received further training before being sent to Akre.
Meqdad Abdul-Kader Nassir Khateer (who is also known as Abu Abd) was also arrested. The 46-year-old from Mosul helped Khateeb cross into the Kurdistan Region and planned to detonate him in the Assayish building.
The suicide bombings targeting the Security Directorate in the center of Erbil, 350 km north of Baghdad, were the first attack of its kind since May 2007, when a truck bomb targeted the same headquarters in an attack that killed 14 people.