Additional agricultural land torched in Kirkuk province

Investigations ongoing amid suspected ISIS act
Agricultural land was set on fire in Kirkuk province, May 19, 2019.

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SULAIMANI — Agricultural land belonging to ethnic Kurds was set on fire in several villages in Kirkuk province early on Sunday (May 19), an official confirmed to NRT Digital Media.

NRT Digital Media reporter Aso Ahmed said that farmland in Mansur and Qaradara villages in Dubis in southern Kirkuk were burned.

Spokesperson for the civil defense directorate in Kirkuk Qays Mirzayee told NRT Digital Media that firefighting teams were able to control the blaze in Qaradara.

He said fires had also broken out in Ryadh sub-district and Hawija district and that they had been controlled.

“The reason for the fire is still unclear and investigations are ongoing,” he added.

“We suspect that Islamic State militants have torched the fields, but we are waiting for the results of the investigations,” he added.

Hundreds of hectares of agricultural lands were also burned by suspected Islamic State militants in Makhmour and Khanaqin districts over the last week.

(NRT Digital Media)