Syria Kurds sack security officials after deadly attack

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Residents of Qamishli searching for victims under the rubble after an ISIS-led deadly attack hit the Kurdish city. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

QAMISHLI – The Kurdish security forces of the Asayish sacked several officials from their duties after a deadly ISIS bomb attack hit the city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria and killed at least 50 civilians.

The Asayish leadership released a statement Friday saying that they fired three officials for their carelessness.

The truck bomb which blown up in the Kurdish city of Qamishli on 27 July, sparked a wave of rage among the people–who accused the security forces of indiscipline and carelessness. 

Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) used a big truck in the deadly attack on Qamishli city centre, while trucks are not allowed inside the city.

Moreover, the rival Kurdish National Council (KNC) condemned the Asayish in an official statement, accusing them facilitating the roads for the attackers. The Democratic Union Party (PYD) rejected the statement as “lies”.

Leadership of the Asayish of Rojava [Syrian Kurdish region] in an official statement said the head of the Rojava traffic police; the head of checkpoints, and the spokesperson of the Rojava Asayish were sacked.

The Asayish added that they would contribute to the reconstruction of the neighbourhood which was heavily damaged by the blast.

“200 million Syrian pound was allocated to the contribution of the reconstruction of the damaged buildings in the terrorist bombing that targeted the Gharbi neighbourhood [in Qamishli] on 27/07/2016,” it said.

“We as Asayish (police) we promise our people with strong determination to provide full security and safety in order to preserve the lives of civilians and their properties from the terrorism that threatens the whole world,” the statement said.

“We call upon the citizens to cooperate fully with our forces to beat with an iron fist all terrorist attempts that try to undermine the victories we have achieved over the Rojava revolution,” it concluded.

Reporting by: Jan Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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