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Man dies of injuries inflicted by Erbil rocket attack: Minister

  2021-02-22  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Interior Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Monday (February 22) that one citizen died of injuries inflicted by the rocket attack on US-led forces in Erbil, bringing death toll to two.

The 31-year-old victim was identified as Nawaf Rashid who was a resident of Iraq’s Saladin governorate.

KRG Interior Minister said during a press conference that they are waiting for the completion of investigations launched by a Baghdad committee into the attack that killed another person and injured nine others.

The duty of the investigative committee “is to arrest those responsible for the attack, who are outside the region, and bring them to justice,” said Rebar Ahmad KRG’s Interior Minister.

The individuals behind the rocket attack passed through Erbil checkpoints exploiting “flexible security measures” and sneaked into Erbil from other parts of Iraq, Rebar Ahmad added.

One civilian contractor was killed and a US service member was injured in a rocket attack on US-led forces in Erbil on Monday night (February 15), the US-led coalition in Iraq said.

The barrage of rockets targeted a military air base occupied by the US-led coalition at Erbil International Airport. Wayne Marotto, Spokesman for the US-led Coalition said five other contractors were hurt.

During a press conference, KRG’s Interior Minister said “the incident tells us, that besides Daesh [ISIS] there are other terrorist groups whose activities should be tackled through cooperation between Kurdistan Region, Iraq and the coalition.”
Saraya Awliya al-Dam, a Shi'a militia group with alleged ties to Iran claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they were able to precisely hit the targets with 24 rockets.

The US’s C-RAM counter rocket system and the coalition missiles failed to stop the rockets launched against al-Harir US military base, some 60 km northeast of Erbil, read a statement published on Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF, or Hashd al Shaabi) propaganda channels.

(Zhyan English)