Citizen Reporter
2 minute read
8 Nov 2016
2:15 pm

Bulletproof BMW 5 Series helps dozens survive ISIS attack

Citizen Reporter

'The ISIS bullets were coming in my direction. I saw death with my own eyes.'

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A man by the name of Ako Abdulrehman, who lives in the war-torn area of Kirkuk, north of Iraq, managed to transport at least 70 wounded people with his bulletproof BMW E34 5-Series.

Instead of Ako using the car for himself, he put it to even better use. The Protection model BMW 5-Series features bulletproof windows and bodywork, quite a sought-after mode of transport in the region.

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Ako was asked if he could help on the Kirkuk frontline by Abdullah Bor, a Peshmerga Commander, and he didn’t hesitate.

Together with a friend, he used his bulletproof BMW to transport wounded fighters and civilians to hospital, driving through some seriously bad areas. In any other car, they probably would have died on the first run, but the pair managed to get more than 70 people to the hospital.

Even though he did an amazing job, Ako is still upset that he reached some of the wounded too late to help. Running through the dodgiest spots, the BMW racked up about 60 hits from gunfire before it was eventually too damaged to be used anymore.

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Many bullets struck the front and the windscreen.

“The ISIS bullets were coming in my direction. I saw death with my own eyes. Yet, I did not stop what I was doing. I could not leave the wounded in limbo. The only thing I cared about was getting the wounded into my car and driving them to the hospital,” said Ako.

A Baghdad dealership, BMW Cihan, contacted him with an offer to fix the car and some Kurdish figures have pledged to award him for his efforts. Reports also state that BMW head office also contacted him with an offer to exchange the car for a new one so they could display it at their corporate campus, but Ako refused.

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Instead the bullet-ridden BMW will go to Sulaymaniyah, a local Kurdish museum.

A group of IS militants attacked several locations in Kirkuk on October 21, but they were repelled by the police and security forces in the city. However, intense fire exchanges left nearly 90 people killed and more than 200 others injured. In addition, over 60 militants were killed, and some of them were captured while fleeing the city.