Kurdistan marks 18th anniversary of Erbil twin suicide bombings

A monument is erected with the names of the victims of the twin suicide bombings on February 1, 2004, in Erbil

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Region marked the 18th anniversary of the twin suicide bombings that killed more than 100 people in Erbil.

Senior officials including Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and Parliament Speaker Rewaz Fayaq as well as diplomats attended a ceremony at Sami Abdulrahman park in Erbil, where a monument erected with the names of the victims, to honor the martyrs of the bombings.

The park was named after former Deputy Prime Minister Sami Abdulrahman, who lost his life along his son in the February 1, 2004 bombings.

Two Al-Qaeda suicide bombers wearing explosives killed 102 people and wounded 246 others at the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Erbil.

Both offices were filled with people celebrating the start of Eid al-Adha, the biggest holiday in the Muslim calendar.

The officials attended the ceremony on Tuesday laid wreaths at the monument at Sami Abdulrahman Park in Erbil.

“February 1st is a day of shared grief, a day to remember and honor the martyrs of a terrorist attack against all of Kurdistan,” the Kurdish premier said in a tweet.

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