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Kurdistan

Officials: Erbil Attack Was Carried Out By Foreign Recruits

By Rudaw 13/10/2013
Security officials said that DNA tests would be carried out on the remains of the attackers to determine their identities.
Security officials said that DNA tests would be carried out on the remains of the attackers to determine their identities.


ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The assailants behind last month’s deadly bombing in Erbil were foreign recruits and three detained accomplices who helped plan the attack are Arabs from Mosul, according to security officials in the Kurdistan Region.

National Security Adviser Masrour Barzani identified the three detainees as Hashim Salih, Muhammad Khalil Khadush and Samir Bakir Younis, saying all three were members of al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“The three have confessed that they were involved in the attacks,” Barzani told reporters in Pirmam on Saturday, denying that any Kurds were involved. Reporters were shown the taped confessions of the detainees.

Six assailants behind the September 29 suicide attack on the Erbil headquarters of the Asayish intelligence service were killed, together with as many guards and dozens of others. The rare attack in the three-province autonomous Kurdish enclave – the only peaceful region of Iraq -- was the first since a 2007 bombing on the same target.

Sources told Rudaw that one of the perpetrators was captured on the day of the attack, and it was his information that led to the three arrests in Mosul. Security officials said the leader of the group was still on the run.

“These three had purchased the vehicles used in the attacks and they had drawn the plan,” Barzani told reporters.

Sources also told Rudaw that one of the vehicles used in the attack had passed through the main Erbil-Mosul checkpoint known as Kani Qirzhala without proper questioning. They said that nine security guards at the checkpoint were temporarily held for questioning and given instructions on being more vigilant.

Security officials said that DNA tests would be carried out on the remains of the attackers to determine their identities.

ISIL, the al-Qaeda front in Iraq, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Unofficial sources had said earlier that the aim of the attack was to free a jailed Islamist leader in Erbil’s prison. Others said that the attack was meant to kill a high-ranking Kurdish security official.

“Their main goal was to harm the security department,” said Tariq Nuri, head of Erbil security.

 

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Kerkuk | 13/10/2013
Good job Mr. Masrour Barzani, the Terrorists should learn that Kurrdistan is not Iraq or any other arab state, where Terrorists get support from the population. In Kurdistan they have no chance to survive because the Kurdish people dont support them and the Kurdish security force are professional.
Kurde Hawler | 13/10/2013
Bana we xoda first our prayers and thoughts goes out to those s Qaramans Sharkan who give up there lives to make us and Kurdistan safe We can't thank guys out enough thank you Asysihe and rest crew
azad | 13/10/2013
all arabs in kurdistan can be a danger for kurdistan!
Mam Loui | 13/10/2013
The terrorist should know that they cannot impact on the Kurdish community. All they are able to do is kill innocent people and pay with their lives. My condolences to the families that lost loved ones in Erbil. Mam Loui
Atheist | 14/10/2013
The three guys in the picture show clear signs of mental retardation. I'm not so sure if these guys are capable of masterminding such an act. could it be that their masters are still at large even if these guys were the ones who pulled the trigger? Not sure...
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