Members of the Manbij Military Council man an observation point. File photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – An explosion on Thursday was caused by a “suspected remote-controlled explosive device,” the coalition confirmed in a statement on Friday.
“The explosion was caused by a suspected remote-controlled explosive device during a peaceful protest of approximately 2,000 citizens in al-Hayyah, a village east of Manbij city,” read the full statement.
The coalition estimates more than two dozen people were injured.
The protesters were demonstrating
against Turkish security threats.
Shervan Derwish, spokesperson for the Manbij Military Council that is responsible for security condemned the perpetrators as “cowards and criminals.”
The coalition reassured the population that the area remains secure.
“US and Turkish forces have been conducting independent, coordinated patrols on the northern demarcation line outside Manbij since June 18. Security within Manbij is maintained by the Manbij Military Council. Manbij remains secure and the MMC is investigating the al-Hayyah blast,” the statement concluded.