ZAKHO, Iraq – According to local media, an unknown explosion occurred near the Qadiya Camp for internally displaced Yezidis south of the city of Zakho in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Two children were reported killed and five people injured.
Multiple theories about the cause of the explosion have been floated, from a Turkish drone strike to explosives planted as a part of a long-standing family feud.
The explosion occurred at the home of a Yezidi member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) security forces, or Asayish.
No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion.
In an article for eKurd, Dr. Amy L. Beam, author of The Last Yezidi Genocide, wrote:
On Monday, August 30, 2021, at 9 PM an explosion rocked Qadia IDP camp for Yazidis in Zakho, Kurdistan, Iraq. The two caravans of Sheikh Hasan Haider Ma’ao were exploded by TNT. A 50-meter wire was found running from the caravan to a battery hidden behind the wall of a UN organization.
His caravan had 4 security cameras that were always working. These cameras could be viewed from the computer screen in the camp security office, according to one friend. Why didn’t Rudaw TV report this in its story?
Immediately after the explosion, electricity to the entire camp was cut for 15 minutes and no one was allowed near the caravans.
If the history of the cameras is reviewed, investigators will see who was around the caravan. They should be able to see who planted TNT and a wire under the caravan.