Erbil – At least seven people were killed in a twin bomb attack, which targeted the offices of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDP-I) in the village of Koi Senjak.
The explosions took place during the Yalda festival – a celebration of the winter solstice. The festival takes place every December, on the longest night of the year.
The KDP-I released a statement on Tuesday, confirming that that five of its fighters had been killed and four others were injured. Ali Qoytasi, a senior member of the KDP-I, was among the dead.
According to Kurdish officials, two Peshmerga soldiers and two police officers were also injured in the attack. While no one has taken responsibility for the attack, it is being widely attributed to Tehran.
Hosyar Zebari, Iraq’s former Foreign Minister, blamed Iranian intelligence for the attack. “Most likely Iranian Revolutionary Guards [or the] Ministry of Intelligence carried out the terrorist attack against the KDP-I headquarters in Koi Senjak,” he said.
Iran has been linked to several attacks on Kurdish parties in recent years. Last August, the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KSZK) reported that an Iranian agent planted four improvised explosives at Zrgwez camp. The bombs were subsequently defused by Kurdish security forces.
Doctor Mahmoud Othman, an Iraqi MP and former chairman of the Kurdistan Socialist Party responded to Tuesday’s bombing, saying: “I strongly condemn the terrorist attack against the KDP-I in Koya [and I] urge the authorities to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”
Tensions have increased between the Iranian Kurdish parties and the Iranian regime since the former decided to resume their armed struggle last summer. The parties are principally seeking an autonomous Kurdish government in Iran, analogous to the KRG in Iraq.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News