Kurdish security thwarts car bomb in Erbil

Kurdish security defused a bomb attached to a car in the capital of Kurdistan Region, Erbil police announced on Monday.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (K24) – Kurdish security defused a bomb attached to a car in the capital of Kurdistan Region, Erbil police announced on Monday.

The Spokesman of Erbil Police, Hogir Aziz, told K24 that the bomb was found attached to a civilian’s car. “Security [forces] immediately and safely prevented the risk of explosion,” he said.

Aziz added that the car was a Toyota Corolla registered to Ali Osman Hamad, evidently a government employee in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Municipality and Tourism.

The police spokesman refused to give further information, stating that the investigation is in its preliminary stages, adding that security forces (Asayish) will provide further details after the investigation is complete.

Aziz also assured the people of Erbil that the city is safe.

On Feb. 8, KRG counter-terrorism forces also foiled a terrorist attack on Erbil. Kurdistan Region Security Council Joint Investigations and Operations Team (KRSC-JIOT) announced that they thwarted an Islamic State (IS) suicide strike targeting Erbil and arrested three men. Additionally, one suicide vest and six bombs were confiscated after the successful intelligence forces operation.

Kurdish security has been very efficient and able to preempt most of the terrorist attacks in Kurdistan Region.

 

Reporting by Mewan Dolamari

Editing by Benjamin Kweskin and Karzan Sulaivany

(Umed Ali contributed to this report from Erbil)