Several wounded in missile attack on Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital
Baghdad, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Several people were wounded Monday when a number of missiles struck the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil, three of them hitting the city’s international airport, authorities in the autonomous region in northern Iraq reported, although they did not say from where the missiles had been fired.
“At 9:30 pm today (Monday), several missiles were launched toward the city of Erbil and its environs, where they impacted at several sites and, according to preliminary information, caused injuries to several people,” the regional Interior Ministry announced in a statement.
According to another communique by Kurdistan’s anti-terrorist forces, two of the rockets hit the international airport, near which is a military base used by the US-led international coalition fighting the jihadist Islamic State, and another missile hit nearby.
The anti-terrorist forces did not say if anyone was wounded or any material damage resulted at the airport, but they did say that the third rocket hit the wall of an apartment complex and wounded two people.
The Iraqi Interior Ministry said that it will investigate the attack and asked the public to stay away from the impact sites and remain inside while authorities gather more information about the attack.
In contrast to other parts of northern and central Iraq, Kurdistan is free of the presence of the Islamic State, although currently a campaign is under way against the guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) by the Turkish army in the border area between the two countries.
The Erbil airport was attacked last September with six rockets that caused no material damage or injuries. The persons and/or group staging that attack have never been identified.