Photo of Hayder Hamza al-Bayati's confession charged by Directorate of the Kurdistan Counterterrorism Unit (CTD) of involvement in a rocket attack in Erbil on February 15, while an Iran-backed Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada militia group denies its involvement in the attack.
SULAIMANI – An Iran-backed militia group on Wednesday (March 3) denied accusations by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of abetting a rockets attack in Erbil last month and accused the KRG of forced confession.
On February 15, a civilian contractor working for the US forces was killed and at least eight others were wounded in a rocket attack targeting the Erbil International Airport hosting the US forces and several other residential areas in Erbil.
Late on Wednesday, the Directorate of the Kurdistan Counterterrorism Unit (CTD), which is affiliated with the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) published a footage featuring a suspect confessing to his involvement in the rocket attack.
According to the CTD, which is a part of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), four suspects were involved in the rocket attack; two have been arrested in Erbil’s Khabat town and another by the Iraqi security forces.
Over the two weeks, four rocket attacks have hit the Kurdistan Region and Iraq targeting the military bases hosting the US troops, killing two and wounding nine others.
“The Brigades of the Master of the Martyrs demands that the Erbil government and its politicians not be drawn into the confusion and accusations of the unbalanced American occupation,” the General Secretariat of the Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigades said in a statement issued by the Iranian-backed al-Alalam news agency.
“The Kurdistan Regional Government exerts pressure and arrests on various young people whom it suspects of their belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces,” al-Shuhada said.
The militia group also accused the forces affiliated with KDP of extracting “false information and confessions for the purpose of convincing local and foreign opinion of its ability to succeed in maintaining security in the region.”