Two killed, six others wounded in Turkish airstrike on Sulaimani’s Kuna Masi town

North of Sulaimani city
Site of a suspected Turkish airstrike in Kuna Masi on June 25, 2020. (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — Two people were killed and six others wounded in a Turkish airstrike in the town of Kuna Masi on Thursday afternoon (June 25).

Local residents at the scene told NRT reporter Zuhra Ali that the two people who died were allegedly Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters and that their vehicle was targeted when it stopped outside the village's market.

Chwartra Mayor Shaho Osman said that the six wounded were all from the same family and included two women, two men, and two children. According to locals, the family ran the market, which sustained heavy damage in the strike.

The wounded victims were transferred to Qalachwan Hospital. Four of them were reportedly in serious condition when they were transported.

Kuna Masi is approximately 27 kilometers (17 miles) north of Sulaimani city and is a popular place for families to go on picnics. Footage sent to NRT and posted on social media shortly after the incident appeared to show the moment of the strike, with adults and children playing in a river followed by the sound of a loud explosion and people dashing for cover.

Turkey has been conducting daily airstrikes on northern Iraq and the Kurdistan Region since June 15, saying that its operations are necessary to combat the PKK.

Before Thursday's incident, five civilians had been killed in Turkish airstrikes since the renewed operations began.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 11:45 p.m. EBL