Bombings 'an attack on Kurdistan stability'
Sabbah Muhammed Amin, a Peshmerga fighter, was with a friend in the compound of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil on Sunday morning when a suicide bomber killed several dozen people. The bomber stood in line in the building’s main hall alongside well-wishers to greet local PUK leaders in front of a stage. When he got to the centre of the line he blew himself up, Mr Amin said yesterday. “There were guards outside the building but they were not searching anyone. It was the Eid,” Mr Amin said, referring to the four-day feast of Eid al-Adha. Another bomber killed himself across Arbil, seat of the Kurdish parliament, in the headquarters of the PUK’s rival Kurdistan Democratic party. It was a calculated attempt to destabilise one of the calmer areas of post-war Iraq. Azad Jindyany, PUK spokesman, denied stories that the perpetrator was dressed as a Muslim cleric. Rumours always abound after such traumatic events, he said.Full Story