At least six people have been killed in a suspected drone attack on an airport near the city of Sulaymaniyah in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, Al Jazeera reported today, September, 19.
The incident took place at the Arbat airport, located 50km to the east of Sulaimaniya, which has been used by the “anti-terrorism” combat apparatus that is part of Sulaymaniyah security forces.
“Whether all the victims are from the anti-terrorism apparatus remains to be known,” said Al Jazeera’s correspondent reporting from Baghdad.
Two members of the Kurdish security forces were wounded in the attack and were rushed to a military hospital in Sulaimaniya under tight security, a police source told Reuters.
Al Jazeera’s reporter said that Turkish drones have been hovering in the area for the past three days.
“The Sulaymaniyah province is home to anti-Turkish and anti-Iran groups, and both these countries have been conducting air raids in and around Sulaymaniyah,” said Al Jazeera’s article, adding that it is not yet known who is behind the attack.
The attack comes on a day when Iraq’s federal government gave the administration of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region more funding to allow it to pay salaries.