Six peo­ple killed in sui­cide at­tack in Er­bil

A car loaded with ex­plo­sives tried to storm its way into the com­pound but was fired on by guards, ex­plod­ing be­fore get­ting to the build­ing it­self

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

A sui­cide at­tack has killed six peo­ple in Er­bil, the cap­i­tal of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. In ad­di­tion to that, 29 peo­ple were also wounded when the at­tacker tried to drive his ve­hi­cle into the gover­norate build­ing, only to be cut down by guards' gun­fire last Wed­nes­day.

Three civil­ians and two po­lice of­fi­cers were among the dead im­me­di­ately, in the first at­tack to tar­get the city's cen­ter in seven months. The num­ber of deaths then in­creased to six as one of the in­jured po­lice­man died three days after the at­tack.

Fight­ers for the Is­lamic State in Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL), who over­ran ex­panse of north­ern Iraq this sum­mer, have re­peat­edly threat­ened to launch at­tacks against Kur­dis­tan, but the re­gion has so far largely man­aged to in­su­late it­self from the vi­o­lence.

One day after the at­tack the Is­lamic State an­nounced they were be­hind the at­tacks.

Hamza Hamid, a spokesman for the Er­bil gov­er­nor, said the at­tack took place «right in front of the main en­trance of the build­ing of Er­bil gover­norate", which is near the ci­tadel.

Nawzad Hadi, Er­bil's mayor, told the state-run a Kur­dish TV chan­nel that the bomber tried to en­ter the ci­tadel grounds but failed, so he det­o­nated his ex­plo­sives-laden car out­side the com­plex.

The prop­er­ties in the area suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant dam­age and sev­eral civil­ian cars were burned due to the ex­plo­sion. Gov­er­nor Hadi said a com­mit­tee will be formed to com­pen­sate the peo­ple whose prop­er­ties were dam­aged due to the at­tack.

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