KIRKUK — Kurdish population of Kirkuk rose up overnight on Thursday against the Shi’ite militias of Baghdad-backed Hashd al-Shaabi, setting three armoured vehicles ablaze after exchanging fire.
The armed confrontations took place in Kirkuk’s Shorija district, where the militia forces opened fire at the people. There is no confirmed report of further possible casualties.
Kurdistan Region’s Counter-Terrorism Directorate (CTD) said on its official Facebook page that the Shi’ite militias also overran the home of a police officer, identified as Yasin Mohammed Ali, and killed him.
The tensions are the result of Baghdad’s invasion of Kirkuk since Monday. The Hashd al-Shaabi, which also enjoys full support from Tehran, is accused of committing crimes against the Kurdish population of Kirkuk, disrespecting Kurdistan flag and raiding the homes of protesters.