Iraq builds security wall around Baghdad to protect civilians

Baghdad, Feb 7 (IANS) Iraqi security forces have begun building a concrete wall surrounding the capital Baghdad in an attempt to protect citizens from possible attacks by Islamic State (IS) terrorists, Iraqi prime minister said on Saturday.

“It is our duty to protect all citizens inside the capital from criminal acts of terrorist groups by reorganising checkpoints and block all the gaps (in front of terrorists) to facilitate peaceful entry and exit of citizens into and out of Baghdad,” Xinhua quoted a statement by Haider al-Abadi’s office as saying.

Earlier, the Iraqi authorities decided to build a three-meter-high security wall and trench around Baghdad to prevent the infiltration of IS terrorists or smuggling explosives and car bombs into the Iraqi capital to target innocent civilians.

“Baghdad is the capital of all Iraqis and will still belong to them all, and no wall can isolate it from the rest of our people,” Abadi said.

Abadi’s statement came to quell the anger of some political parties, including the Sunni Arab politicians, who accused the government of seeking to divide the country.

According to a security source, the construction of the security barrier around Baghdad will take place in two phases, with priority in the areas in north and west of the capital, where the territories held by the IS are located.

In Baghdad, many districts have been fenced by concrete security walls to protect residents from attacks by terrorists from other sect during the sectarian strife about a decade ago.

Some of the concrete walls around the districts will be dismantled and used to build the new security wall, as the districts are no longer deemed under sectarian threat, the security source said, adding that the wall will also be equipped with surveillance cameras and explosive detection devices.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here