Amid calls on Khanaqin tribes to take up arms
Iraqi Security forces arrest two suspects for involvement in Khanaqin bombings

November 4, 2018 at 9:17 am

Diyala- security personnel standing near Bawa Mahmoud shrine in Khanaqin, 01-11-2018 Photo: Hawre Azad

Hawre Azad- Diyala

Based on precise intelligence, Diyala operations command units have arrested two suspects believed to be involved in recent roadside bomb attacks in Khanaqin, northeast of the province.

In the meantime, Zahid Tahir, member of the Diyala provincial council has called on Khanaqin tribes to take up arms and protect their areas, criticizing what he called “the security forces’ failure”.

 Last week, a series of explosions targeted Bawa Mahmoud shrine which is one of Khanaqin’s most sacred places mostly visited by the Shiite and the Kakayee components of the town.

Mzhir Azzawi, commander of Diyala operations command in a press conference declared that their units arrested two suspects for their involvement in Khanaqin’s recent bombings.

He added that “coordination has been established with Kurdish Peshmarga forces to jointly root out remnants of ISIS in the area”.

Azzawi reaffirmed that tight measure have been taken to enhance security in Khanaqin, noting that additional enforcements will be called in.

Diyala-bombings inflicted heavy damages to Bawa Mahmoud shrine,  October 2018  Photo: security source


The head of Diyala operations command’s assurances seem to be not convincing for Zahid Tahir, member of Diyala provincial council on the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)’s list, who called on all Khanaqin tribes to “take up arms and declare a state of security alert”.

Speaking to KirkukNow, Tahir said the town witnessed 31 roadside bomb attacks in less than a year.

He called on Iraqi president Barham Salih to immediately send in enforcements to Khanaqin, calling it “the best solution”.

 On October 30, 2018, two people were killed and 12 others injured, including women and children, in two bombings targeted the Bawa Mahmoud shrine in Khanaqin, a disputed territory between the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan regional government.


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