Explosion injures employee of electricity directorate, two people in Amedi

File – Smoke rises from a site where Turkish warplanes bomb in Amedi

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — An explosion wounded three people including an employee of the directorate of electricity in the Kurdistan Region’s Amedi district on Tuesday, according to authorities.

The ministry of electricity said it had sent a team of 22 employees alongside two other people as their guidance to work on power lines damaged by clashes between the Turkish military and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Kani Masi sub-district.

“An employee of the electricity ministry and the two people were wounded due to the explosion of a mine,” the ministry said in a statement.

Airstrikes and clashes between the Turkish military and PKK fighters left 76 villages without power in the area, Director of Kani Masi sub-district Sarbast Akrayee said late on Monday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Esta Media Network reporter said an explosion wounded three employees of the directorate of electricity in Kani Masi as they were working to repair power lines in the area.

Turkey has launched a new ground and air defensive against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Duhok province, starting from Friday.

Esta’s reporter in Duhok said the Turkish army had set up three new military points in Amedi district. Turkish media reported that commando forces landed in the Metina region from helicopters.

Besides troop deployment, Turkish warplanes continue to bomb areas where suspected PKK positions are thought to be presence.

Turkey has conducted numerous ground and aerial cross-border offensives into neighboring northern Iraq to attack the PKK fighters, who maintains bases in the region.

*This story was updated at 03:18 p.m. EBL time 

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