In two communiqués dated April 14, 2005, the Military Corps of Ansar al-Sunnah Army claims responsibility for two separate attacks in Kirkuk, northern Iraq one of which was a joint operation with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?s group, al-Qaeda in Iraq.
The first message describes an attack yesterday upon ?an Iraqi explosives expert who was trained by the American crusaders with a group of policemen. (Oil Protectors).? The mujahideen from both Ansar al-Sunnah and al-Qaeda in Iraq put together a tri-layered explosive package in which the top-most bomb was a fake. The communiqué indicates that the explosion ?resulted in killing 12 converted people, one of whom was a highly ranked officer.? Other officers observing the expert defusing the first bomb ?were severely injured and the number dead is expected to grow later.?
The group?s second communiqué describes another attack in Kirkuk that was perpetrated as the ?knights of Islam? fired upon ?the converted policemen in the morning drill. The message states that they killed ?more than fifty,? however, media reports indicate that five police officers and one civilian were killed in the ensuing attack.1
A full translation of the messages is provided to our Intel Service members.