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Al-Qamishli: Asayiş employee dismissed in aftermath of attack on al-Qamishli

KurdWatch, August 13, 2016—On August 5, 2016, the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), dismissed three senior employees, including the head of the traffic police, the head of the checkpoints as well as the press spokesperson. The background to dismissals is the attack in al‑Qamishli on July 27, 2016 [further information]. Until now it is unclear how the truck that was used was able to access the place of attack. Trucks are not allowed to drive in the city and the Asayiş have checkpoints erected on all main roads. The press spokesperson for the Asayiş was criticized after he placed part of the blame on the city’s residents in an interview. He had said that every person could and must stop trucks in the city. He did not place any of the blame on the Asayiş.


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