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Launching pads used for rocket attack on Peshmerga found

  2021-03-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Launching pads found by the Iraqi military which were used to fire rockets against the Peshmerga forces in south of Erbil. Photo/Iraqi army
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Launching pads used to fire rockets against the Peshmerga forces in south of Erbil were found, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday (March 30).

About six rockets landed near a base of the Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk’s Prde area (Altun Kupri) along Erbil-Kirkuk border on Monday night (March 29).

“A force from the 8th Infantry Division of the Iraqi army, found 6 rocket launchers in the Nabi Awa area near Mount Akasha in northern Kirkuk, which were used last night by an outlaw group to fire 6 Grad missiles towards the Kurdistan region of Iraq,” the Iraqi military said in a statement.

It said that the rocket attack caused no casualty as it hit an empty area on the border between Erbil and Kirkuk.

“The security services are investigating the details of this incident to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” it added, saying security has been tightened to prevent the recurrence of such incident.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, but armed Shia militia groups backed by Iran are known for launching similar rocket attacks.

A rocket attack on February 15 in Erbil which was claimed by a Shia militia group killed two people and wounded eight others, including one US service member and a civilian contractor.

(Zhyan English)