Six rockets fired in direction of Erbil airport; no casualties: security forces

KRG blames PMF

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) accused militants associated with the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) of firing six rockets in the direction of Erbil International Airport on Wednesday evening (September 30).

The Kurdistan Region’s Counterterrorism Service (CTS), which is affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), said that the projectiles were fired from Sheikh Amir village in Nineveh governorate at approximately 8:30 p.m., but that they fell in a deserted area away from the airport. Two of the missiles’ charges failed to explode.

“Fortunately, no damage was caused,” the statement said.

The CTS added that it later found the vehicle used to launch the missiles.

“While we strongly condemn this terrorist act. We are fully prepared to repel any violation. We call on the federal government to start the necessary procedures immediately,” the KRG's interior ministry said in a press release.

KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani condemned the attack in a statement.

“The KRG will not tolerate any attempt to undermine Kurdistan’s stability and our response will be robust. I have spoken to [Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi] on the importance of holding the perpetrators accountable,” he said in a tweet.

Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDPI) official Karim Parwezi told NRT that several missiles struck near their headquarters in Gerdachal, which is to the north of the Kurdistan Region's capital.

There were no reports of casualties there or at the a nearby airbase hosting forces belonging to the International Coalition.

Spokesperson for US-led Coalition Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) Wayne Morroto tweeted that the missiles “did not land on Coalition Forces in Erbil tonight. There was no damage or casualties. [The] incident is under investigation.”

(NRT Digital Media)