Ter­ror­ist at­tack averted in Akre town

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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.

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