Ansar al-Sunnah issued three communiqués today, May 12, 2005, detailing simultaneous attacks in Kirkuk, as well as an attack on the al-Asad military base.
The attacks in Kirkuk began at "nine o'clock… [when] a group of mujahideen from the Mohammed al-Fatah brigade detonated an explosive package at a Landcruiser belonging to the [Iraqi] police". International media reports indicate that the bomb killed two and caused an additional two injuries.
The second Kirkuk attack, described in the second communiqué, also began "at nine o'clock…[when member of the same brigade] detonate[d] a car bomb at a convoy of crusaders [Americans] in the al-Shora district of Kirkuk… the American forces closed the road… When the crusaders [Americans] gathered in one place, another explosive package was waiting for them…then the mujahideen attacked them from another side of Kirkuk, the al-Mussy district, in front of the gate of a police station…." Media reports do not provide any details on the segment of the attack occurring in the al-Mussy district.
In the third communiqué, Ansar al-Sunnah additionally claims to have "[cut] the supply of water and electricity for the al-Asad base…they [the mujahideen started [their attack] on the electrical network…then they attacked the water supply, destroying it completely". Media reports do not mention this attack; however, reports do state that as of March 9, 2005 the al-Asad base was completely electrically self sufficient.
A full translation of the three messages is provided to our Intel Service members.