Rockets were fired from ‘void’ area near positions of multiple different forces: Nineveh Operations Command

In direction of Erbil International Airport
The aftermath of rockets falling near Erbil International Airport on September 30, 2020 (NRT Digital Media/Screenshot)

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SULAIMANI — The Nineveh Operations Command of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) said on Wednesday night (September 30) that it was surprised by what it called “hasty reactions” to a rocket attack near Erbil International Airport.

On Wednesday evening, six rockets were fired in the direction of Erbil International Airport, which landed without causing any casualties or significant damage. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) blamed militants associated with the PMF in subsequent statements.

The Command said in its own statement that the area from which the rockets were launched is considered to be “an uninhabited void area located within a triangle surrounded by the Iraqi army and the Popular Mobilization Forces of the Shabak and Peshmerga forces.”

“An investigation has been opened into the incident and cameras will be monitored to find out where the vehicle loaded with missiles came from,” it said.

If accurate, the incident highlights the dangers posed by the security vacuum in the disputed areas, a set of circumstances already exploited by Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

“A force led by the commander of the 30th Brigade of the Popular Mobilization Forces has been directed to search and track down the[perpetrators],” it added.

Meanwhile, Iraq’s Joint Operation Command said in a statement that orders have been issued to arrest the commander of the force responsible for the area from which the missiles were launched, which is Nineveh’s Hamdaniya district.

The statement went on to describe the perpetrators of the rocket attack as members of a "terrorist group."

(NRT Digital Media)