Kirkuk security arrests 171 in 2 months

Most of the arrested people belong to jihadists and were involved in terrorist attacks in Kirkuk, southeastern of the Kurdistan Region, said Kirkuk Province Security on Thursday.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) –Kirkuk Province Security said on Thursday that they have arrested 171 people in 2 months, most of whom were involved in terrorist attacks in the southeastern province in the Kurdistan Region.

In a press conference, the spokesperson for the Kirkuk Security (Asayish), Farhad Hama Ali, revealed that since the beginning of March until mid-May, 171 have been arrested, 127 of whom were the Islamic State (IS) terrorists, 22 were suspected of terrorism, 16 were accused of theft, four were accused of murdering and two were involved in drug dealing.

He also noted that the prisoners come from different ethnic and religious background, but all are from Iraq.

Ali thanked the people of Kirkuk for cooperating and helping the province’s security forces in giving information about the suspects.

Additionally, he responded to journalists’ questions and said that the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kirkuk have placed a heavy load on the administration and security of the province. IS members often attempt to sneak in with the IDPs who move from the IS-controlled areas to Kirkuk, aiming to create sleeper cells in the province.

Ali pointed out that they had cases where people dressed in police uniform and robbed citizens.

He stated that the security will punish those who intend to discredit Kirkuk’s Asayesh.

Moreover, Ali commented on oil field explosions in the province. He explained that it is not always IS jihadists who explode the wells, but sometimes ‘riots’ do it, aiming to create tensions in Kirkuk.

Brigadier Sarhad Qadir, chief of Kirkuk suburban police, previously told Kurdistan24 that, “Two oil wells of Khabbaz field in Kirkuk were exploded at 2:00 a.m. on May 4.”


Reporting by Mewan Dolamari
Editing by Ava Homa