Iraqi government condemns PKK attack on Peshmerga in Amedi district

Members of the Peshmerga forces

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Iraqi government condemned an attack by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on the Peshmerga forces in Amedi district on Wednesday.

A member of Peshmerga forces was killed and three others were wounded after an explosion hit their vehicle in Chamanke sub-district in Amedi on Wednesday morning, according to local officials.

The Iraqi government would take measures to put an end to attacks that violate the security and sovereignty of the country, the press office of the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said in a tweet.

“The Iraqi government affirms its strong rejection of attacks inside the Iraqi soil,” the premier’s office said.

On Wednesday, the press office of the People’s Defense Forces (HPG), the military wing of the PKK, said in a statement that its fighters had warned a unit of the Peshmerga forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) not to approach one of their camps in Gara mountain in Amedi.

“The KDP forces tried to enter our camps near the village of Babade with armored vehicles. Despite that attempt, our forces did not fight and did not use their weapons,” said the HPG, which is the military wing of the PKK.

“We intervened in the situation. Two mines were detonated at the hummers to prevent them from further advance,” the HPG added.

Recently, tensions have been high between the Region’s authorities and the PKK, which has positions on the Kurdistan Region’s border area with Turkey, where Turkish army sporadically bombs PKK positions.

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