KRG PM says Iran could be behind Koya blasts but no sufficient evidence

KRG PM says Iran could be behind Koya blasts but no sufficient evidence
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SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said Iran could be behind the explosions that targeted a Kurdish party in Koya, but there is not enough sufficient evidence to prove the allegation.

In an interview with BBC Persian published on Wednesday (January 25), Barzani said that the KRG denounced the twin blasts and that the regional government considered the attack as though it was an attack on the KRG itself.

“There are a lot of doubts that Iran could be behind the blasts but there isn’t sufficient evidence,” Barzani said during the interview.

The double explosion, reported to be from two motorcycle bombs, targeted the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (PDKI) headquarters in Koya on December 20. The blasts killed seven people and wounded five others.

Koya is considered the main base for the PDKI, a political party that seeks Kurdish national rights in Iran.

Iran's seven million Kurds make up around 10 percent of the population. Most live in Kurdistan, a region in the northwest on the border with Iraq.

Regarding Sinjar, the KRG PM said in the same interview that he acknowledged Syrian Kurds for their role in protecting Ezidis in the district, but said they should leave Sinjar when their duty is finished.

“When Kobane was in danger, we sent Peshmerga to Kobane. But Peshmerga withdrew after [Kobane was secured]. So the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] must leave Sinjar,” Barzani added.

Barzani also said Peshmerga forces would not withdraw from areas which they have liberated from Islamic State (ISIS), noting that the KRG would discuss the issue with Baghdad.

As for Hashid al-Shaabi, Barzani said the Shia forces should be reorganized after the ISIS fight otherwise they would become a threat.