A booby-trapped drone launched by the Daesh terror group militants killed two Kurdish peshmerga fighters and wounded two French soldiers earlier this month north of the Daesh-controlled city of Mosul, Kurdish and French officials said on Wednesday.
The drone blew up when peshmerga fighters tried to lift it after it crashed to the ground, Jabbar Al Yawar, secretary general of the autonomous Kurdish region’s defence ministry, told Reuters. “It seems it was booby-trapped.”
The French newspaper Le Monde reported on Tuesday that the drone had been intercepted in flight on October 2 and exploded near the Kurdish and French soldiers when it hit the ground. It was unclear, Le Monde said, whether the drone was remotely detonated or carried a timed bomb.
Yawar, speaking from Erbil, said the French soldiers had been training Kurdish fighters near the site of the drone crash near the town of Dohuk.
Peshmerga forces plan to take part in a planned US-backed Iraqi military offensive to oust Daesh from Mosul.
The town is Iraq’s second largest city and the last urban centre still under Daesh control in Iraq after a series of government offensives to reverse the extremists’ lightning seizure of territory in 2014.
The US-led coalition against Daesh includes French, British, Canadian and other Western military contingents.
The two wounded French soldiers were immediately returned to France for medical treatment and one of them was “between life and death”, according to Le Monde. It said other French soldiers were also lightly wounded by the blast but gave no details.
Source: /Jordan Times