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Fans wait to be picked up at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande, in Manchester, England on May 23. Photo: Paul Ellis | AFP

 
Fans wait to be picked up at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande, in Manchester, England on May 23. Photo: Paul Ellis | AFP

 

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — An explosion late Monday night (local time) at the end of a concert in Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom has killed 19 people and injured more than 50 in what authorities are describing as a "terrorist attack."


"Currently we have 19 people confirmed to have died and around 50 people injured," Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a statement.

Police say they are continuing to investigate and there were no immediate reports of arrests or suspects.

 

The explosion occurred just after 10:30 p.m. towards the end of a pop concert by a US singer.

 

“Ariana Grande had just gone behind the curtain and the lights came up when there was this massive bang and a big cloud of smoke. I saw five people with blood all down them,” The Guardian reported one concert-goer as saying.

 

 

 

Grande said she was speechless and apologized on Twitter after the attack.

 

 


The explosion was near the exit foyer, according to witness reports.

Prime Minister Theresa May, along with other party leaders Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron have reportedly paused their campaign events for the June 8 general election in the wake of the attack.

 

"We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack," May said in a statement. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected."


While Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called  it a "terrible incident."

Falah Mustafa, the Kurdistan Region's head of the Department of Foreign Relations tweeted he was "shocked."

 

Manchester Arena has a capacity of 21,000. Manchester, England, is the second-most populous urban area with a population of more than 2.5 million people.


If confirmed by investigators as a "terror" incident, it would be the deadliest in Britain since the 7/7 London bombings, where on July 7, 2005, three bombs killed 52 people and injured more than 700 in the city's transit system.

 

Source link:

http://www.rudaw.net/english/world/23052017


Ezidi women accept human rights award
Nadia Murad (C) and Lamiya Aji Bashar (R), both Kurdish women of the Ezidi faith receive their 2016 Sakharov Prize from European Parliament President Martin Schulz (L) during an award ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Dec. 13, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

STRASBOURG, France (Kurdistan24) – Two Yezidi (Ezidi) women kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) militants in 2014 accepted the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize on Tuesday.

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar were previously revealed as recipients of the award in October.

The two women were given their prize during a ceremony in Strasbourg, France on Tuesday.

Murad and Bashar are two of several thousand women who were abducted by IS and sold as sex slaves.

After IS’ emergence in Iraq in 2014, the insurgent group sought to exterminate the Ezidi population in the country.

Nearly 5,000 Ezidi men, women, and children were massacred by IS militants in Sinjar (Shingal).

Later that year, Shingal was liberated by Kurdish Peshmerga forces with the help of US-led coalition warplanes.

Murad and Bashar have since been involved in humanitarian efforts to raise awareness about the Ezidi tragedy.

Upon receiving her award, Bashar stated she wanted to be a “voice for the voiceless,” and encouraged those in attendance to support the victims still affected by the genocide.

Moreover, Murad explained IS insurgents targeted people “who stand against their ideology, and that those responsible for rights violations should be held accountable at the international level.”

“The genocide did not only consist of killings; it also sought to enslave women in a systematic manner and to take children,” Murad added.

Last year, during a UN Security Council hearing, Murad urged members to “liberate [Ezidi] areas and to eliminate the militant group.”

Additionally, earlier this month, Murad tweeted she was “not happy [with] the results but still hopeful human consciousness [would] prevail.”

The award is named after Andrei Sakharov, a dissident Soviet scientist who died in 1989, and is handed annually to those who defend human rights.

 

(Baxtiyar Goran contributed to this report)

 

From source:

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/c93f2025-6089-4a28-abd9-a775da2898e1/Ezidi-women-accept-human-rights-award

 

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Ambassador of Iraq to Romania Hussain Sinjari congratulated Nadia Murad Following her appointment as UN Goodwill Ambassador.

 

‘‘Dear Nadia,

 I wish, wholeheartedly, to congratulate you and ezidi victims, ourselves the Shingalis and, indeed, the humanity, for this great news! Keep your immensely positive energy. We are all proud of you.

Hussain Sinjari, Ambassador of Iraq, Bucharest, Romania.’