The Iraqi Security Media Cell on Thursday announced the arrest of two of the masterminds of the May 30 multiple bombings in central Kirkuk, in which 2 civilians were killed and 30 others were injured, including women and children.
“On June 3, 2019 our security forces, based on intelligence tip-offs arrested two suspects with links to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, who were behind the planting of improvised explosive devices in Kirkuk late on May 30, 2019,” according to statement by the security media cell.
The statement added that the first suspect who is a resident of Qahara village in Riyadh sub-district has confessed before the prosecutor of planting a bomb in Al-Quds Street with the help of another suspect who has also been arrested, and both admitted of links to IS since 2014.”
A string of bombings rocked the city of Kirkuk late on Thursday, May 30, 2019, as people were shopping at local markets ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holidays.
Following the attacks, Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi said that the diversity in Kirkuk province requires cooperation between the federal government, the local administration and the Kurdistan regional government (KRG), stressing that the people’s interests should be a priority and reaffirming that the security situation in the province is under control.