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20 Killed in Khanaqin Blast, Officials Appeal for Blood Donations

By Rudaw 29/4/2014
“One can see blood everywhere on the floor in the hospital, people are screaming, it’s quite a chaotic situation,” Photo: Rudaw
“One can see blood everywhere on the floor in the hospital, people are screaming, it’s quite a chaotic situation,” Photo: Rudaw

KHANAQIN, Kurdistan Region—At least 20 people were killed and dozens of others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the midst of a rally in Khanaqin on Monday, said local officials.

Officials of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said that the suicide bomber targeted a crowd of PUK supporters who had gathered to celebrate the release of a video footage of Jalal Talabani casting his ballot in Berlin.

Police and health officials in Khanaqin gave different accounts, some saying that the number of casualties may be as high as 30.

Many of the wounded are in critical condition and they have been transported to hospitals in Kalar and Sulaimani.

Rudaw correspondent in Khanaqin described the scene inside a hospital as "doomsday", saying, “People are very confused, men, women, young and children come to look for their loved ones,”

“One can see blood everywhere on the floor in the hospital, people are screaming, it’s quite a chaotic situation,” he reported.

Until 2003 Khanaqin was under the control of the Iraqi regime, but in the past ten years it has been part of the Kurdistan Region, with the PUK maintaining most influence.

“Most of the forces deployed around Khanaqin are Arabs and the area is too wide to control,” Captain Rebwar, a PUK Peshmerga told Rudaw.

Rebwar said that maintaining security of the city is a major challenge due to the flat and open terrain around Khanaqin.

Our correspondent in Khanaqin said, “There is a big demand blood for the wounded,” and that medical officials have appealed to people for blood donations.

The attack comes just two days ahead of Iraq’s parliamentary elections. Security officials in Khanaqin said that strict measures are being taken to prevent further attacks.

The PUK leadership condemned Monday’s bombing, calling it an attack on the will of the Kurdish people.

“The aim of the explosion is to hit the will of Kurdistan voters so that they cannot decide the future of their country,” read an official statement by the PUK.

For his part, Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani called the attack “an attempt of terror and intimidation” against the people of Kurdistan.

“The terrorists must know that disasters and sacrifice only strengthens the unity of our people and with God’s help and our people we will triumph,” read a presidential statement.

 

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Sargon Nineveh
Sargon Nineveh | 29/4/2014
It will be nice to see a national Peshmerga that is loyal to the KRG and not to political parties.
maccal | 29/4/2014
I dont know if im a bad kurd now. BUT I dont feel any compassion to these people. Like they killed PUK supporters. PUK deserves it.... They just used their leader in such a pathetic way!! I dont support mam jalal but the way he was used today really made me sad. That man deserves more than that. PUK should rethink what the hell they're doing.
Harme | 29/4/2014
The question is how will KRG respond? What will KRD do, is there a plan? How are they planning to tackle the terrorist threat? Dig more ditches to isolate Rojava or eradicate the real enemy that is on your door.
Kurdoz | 29/4/2014
@Maccal Deep shame for the mod who approved your comment, i dont know if your a kurd but you cant say such things about innocent people zoor zoor ayba, i better control my temper!
Rojcan | 29/4/2014
I pray for those effected by these cowards attack. @Sargon I agree, but it's not just a KRG problem but a overall Kurdish problem and had been used by our enemies to divide us time and time again. Also seems like those trenches have been really affective, thank you afendi barzani
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