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PKK, KDP Peshmerga clash in Erbil’s Bradost – sources

  2021-05-06  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Zare valley in Bradost suib-district where forces from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Peshmerga affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PKK) clashed, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Photo by Zozk Ballak/ Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Peshmerga forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) clashes in Nawbardan strait in Sidakan sub-district northeast of Erbil late on Wednesday night (April 5).

Roj News cited a PKK as saying that that the clash erupted after a KDP force attacked the PKK positions with heavy weaponry in Bole hill and Barbznan and Goshine areas in the sub-district.

“The KDP forces were told they were not allowed to position in the area, but gunmen opened fire, even they used RPGs,” the source told the PKK-affiliated media outlet. “The PKK guerrillas [fighters] fired into the air and the KDP armed men fled and left the area.”

Peshmerga commander Bahram Arif Yassin told the KDP-affiliated media outlets that a PKK force attacked the Peshmerga forces with “RPGs, snipers, BKCs, and AK-47s, but the Peshmerga responded and defeated the attack that forces. They [PKK force] escaped.”

There was no reported casualty.

PKK has started an armed struggle since 1984 for Kurdish cultural rights in Turkey.

PKK is under pressure from Turkey as the latter has launched a new military operation in several areas in northern Duhok governorate against its bases. KDP enjoys cordial economic ties with Ankara.

PKK and KDP are at loggerheads concerning many issues, and clashes intermittently occur, especially in Bradost area. 

On March 12, a Peshmerga member was killed and another was wounded when a landmine explosion went off in Bradost area. The media outlets aligned with the KDP accused the PKK of emplacing the bomb. 

According to the PKK affiliate, some places in the area were mined against attacks by Turkey in 2019 and 2020.

(Zhyan English)