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Cause of destruction of Peshmerga vehicle 'couldn't be determined'

  2021-06-05  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A combination of photos of three Peshmerga who were wounded in Duhok's Amedi in an attack on June 5. 2021. Photos/Zhyan Reporter
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – The exact cause of destruction of an armored vehicle, which killed five Peshmerga in Duhok’s Amedi, couldn’t be determined, a group affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) said on Saturday (June 5).

Five Peshmerga affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) were killed and four others wounded after their vehicle was caught in a blast in Mount Metina.

The Peshmerga ministry accused PKK of responsibility. The PKK, however, said it couldn’t determine the cause of the blast and that guerrillas only fired warning shots into the air to stop the Peshmerga forces from further advance into their positions.

“KDP forces entered a campground belonging to our forces in Metina region. Our forces opened fire into the air with guns with the intent of warning these KDP forces,” the People’s Defense Forces (HPG) said in a statement.

“One of the armored vehicles did not take notice of the warning and advanced further. It couldn’t be established by our side how this vehicle was struck and damaged. It couldn’t be determined whether the cause is a landmine explosion or an aerial attack.”

Media outlets affiliated with the KDP reported that Zeravani Peshmerga and Iraqi forces were ambushed by the PKK fighters.

“We are resisting the Turkish state's invasion of Kurdistan. We call on these incoming forces not to stab our forces in the back. Brother’s blood should not be spilled. For this, we issued this appeal on all forces and our people,” PKK-affiliated ANF News reported quoting Press Office Spokesperson of the HPG.

The Peshmerga Ministry said in a statement that the force was carrying out a military activity to restore security to the area before the ambush by the PKK.

"Peshmerga forces were conducting a military activity in Amedi's Mount Metina to protect the people, nearby villages and to restore stability to this area, but they were ambushed by a PKK force, as a result five Peshmerga were martyred and four other wounded," the statement read.

"We had issued warnings, in case of occurring such incidents, all the sides should respect the sovereignty of the Region and not to endanger security and stability of the Kurdistan Region."

Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) condemned "PKK's attack" and said "I urge the Kurdistan Parliament and political parties to speak in a single voice against this aggression."

Since April 23, Turkey has started an operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Duhok’s border areas and erected at least four new military bases adding up to almost forty others in the Kurdistan Region.

Turkey’s airstrike and shelling are almost a daily recurrence in the Kurdistan Region, more notably in the border areas. It launches cross-border operations every now and then.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has accused the PKK several times of causing Turkey’s aggression into the Region.

(Zhyan English)

This story was updated at 3:46 PM