Posted on August 29, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Security
A helicopter fires during clashes with Islamic State, Saqlawiya, Fallujah, Iraq. Photo: Reuters
CHAMCHAMAL, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— At least four unidentified helicopters opened fire over the plains in Aghjalar sub-district, northeast of Chamchamal town in Sulaimani province of Iraq’s Kurdistan region. No casualties were reported but a fire was started.
“Tonight, a number of helicopters were spotted over the plains of Aghjalar sub-district, incinerating the plains of Graw village. Many wooded areas, hay fields and orchards in the area caught fire,” Amanj Mohammed, mayor of Chamchamal, told Rudaw.
“I talked to Aghjalar’s administrator and he confirmed the news,” Mohammed added. “It is not clear who has carried out this action.”
He further explained, “It seems that these helicopters are unknown. It is not the first time such things have happened in this region.”
Mohammed blamed the “Peshmerga and interior ministries and other associated parties who have not been able to find the reasons for these events. They have to do something.”
The type of planes which carried out the attack is still unknown, the sub-district’s director, Hemin Bahjat, told NRT. Officials in the sub-district do not know the country of origin of the planes or the reason for the strikes.
In a previous incident, two unknown helicopters fired at Kosret Mountain in the Kurdistan Region’s resort of Dukan northwest of Sulaimani city on July 17 setting fire to grass and hay.
Khidran Police Director Farman Aziz told NRT that residents in the foothills of Kosret Mountain informed police two helicopters had struck at the area causing a fire.