Saturday, October 1, 2022

Danish tourist killed in roadside bombing in northern Iraq


IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A Danish nationwide was killed by a roadside bomb whereas biking in northern Iraq, the nation’s native Kurdish authorities mentioned Friday, blaming Turkish Kurdish insurgents for planting the gadget.

Based on an announcement from police in the Dohuk area, Torbjorn Methmann died in an explosion on Thursday. Police mentioned Methmann and his companion, William Karlsson, additionally a Danish nationwide, have been biking in the semiautonomous Iraqi Kurdish area when Methmann’s bicycle struck the roadside bomb.

The pair have been en path to the city of Amedi, a well-liked tourist attraction in the world recognized for its archeological websites. The assertion additionally mentioned the Kurdistan Employee’s Celebration, or PKK, an rebel group in neighboring Turkey, was behind the bombing.

Iraqi Kurdish officers couldn’t be reached for remark and the assertion offered no proof to again that declare. Iraq is strewn with land mines and unexploded ordnance left over from years of battle.

Authorities in Denmark confirmed {that a} Danish citizen had died in northern Iraq however didn’t say extra.

Biking excursions will not be quite common in the world, on account of unpaved roads and defective infrastructure.

Iraqi authorities have been attempting to open up the nation to tourism in current years and the federal authorities in Baghdad affords visas to vacationers upon arrival. The Kurdish-run north, thought of safer and extra steady than the remainder of Iraq, usually hosts extra vacationers.

The PKK, a militant group waging an insurgency towards Turkey because the Eighties, has secure havens in northern Iraq and even controls some areas of Dohuk province close to the Turkish border. Ankara routinely bombs these positions and criticizes the Iraqi Kurdish authorities, accusing it of not doing extra to root out PKK from its territory.

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