Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – Three Iraqis, including two policemen, were wounded Sunday in a car bomb attack and subsequent armed clashes in Diyala province, a security source said.
Speaking to the Arabic-language Alghad Press, the source said that an explosive charge targeted a vehicle driven by a civilian on the Jalawla-Kalar highway in northeastern Diyala, leaving the driver wounded.
“While moving the wounded civilian into hospital, security forces came under attack by undefined gunmen, leaving two policemen wounded,” the source said.
He added that the security situation is now under control.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.