Iraqi operator’s cell towers bombed
Asiacell suffers repeat of last year’s bomb attacks
Iraqi mobile operator Asiacell has once again been targeted by insurgents, with a fresh wave of attacks against the firm’s premises and cell towers in Baghdad.
The first attack took place last week, when three of the operator’s cell towers in the capital were blown up. Three days later in Mansour, central Baghdad, two explosive canisters were detonated next to the firm’s sales centre, resulting in injuries to three of Asiacell’s security personnel.
According to Asiacell’s CEO, Dr Diar Ahmed, Asiacell was the only mobile operator in Iraq to be targeted in the attacks, which he estimates could affect up to 100,000 of the operator’s mobile customers.
Dr Ahmed dismissed suggestions that the attacks on Asiacell, which began operations in the autonomous region of Kurdistan in 1999, could have been carried out by sectarian forces.
“The security situation is getting worse day by day, and other companies and government institutions are being attacked as well,” he told CommsMEA.
“Asiacell is connecting people and bringing people together, and that’s why they are attacking us. Asiacell is an Iraqi company with an Iraqi spirit. The attacks are nothing to do with our origins. Whoever is attacking the people and Iraqi private sector has no motivation or purpose, they are attacking the stability of the country.”
It is not the first time that the operator has been targeted; in
Work has already begun on the reconstruction of the cell sites, and that they should be operational again in “less than a month”.