| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

Kurdistan Regional Government blames PKK for Erbil bomb

The Interior Ministry of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq is holding Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants responsible for the bomb blast that wounded a Peshmerga soldier in Erbil on Sunday, Anadolu has reported.

An officer with the Internal Security Forces in Erbil, Shakhwan Abdul Hamid, said that the device which exploded was targeting a car driven by a member of the Peshmerga forces in the Koji Hajri area near the border with Turkey.

KRG Interior Minister Rebar Ahmed Khalid told reporters yesterday that such incidents occur due to the presence of PKK militants in that region. He added that the PKK must leave Iraq in order to establish stability in the border areas.

Khalid called on the federal government in Baghdad to implement the Sinjar agreement signed last October. This stipulates the removal of all illegal armed groups from the Nineveh governorate, including an end to the PKK presence in Sinjar.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union for its involvement in the killing of nearly 40,000 people.