Diyala (Iraqinews.com) – An Iraqi soldier was wounded Wednesday after a bomb attack targeted a military patrol in Diyala province, a local official was quoted as saying.
“An explosive charge exploded while a military patrol was crossing a road on the outskirts of Jabara district, in northeastern Diyala, leaving a solider wounded,” Alghad Press website quoted Shukr Zankana, the head of Jabara’s provincial council, as saying.
“The security forces cordoned off the blast site and found three other explosive charges that were planned to target security forces,” he added.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.
Iraqi security forces, backed by paramilitary troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi and Peshmerga fighters, had launched a military operation dubbed Martyrs’ Revenge to chase Islamic State militants at their hotbeds in Kirkuk, Diyala and Salahuddin provinces.
A total of 76 people were killed and 129 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts during the month of June, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in its monthly statement on the number of casualties in Iraq.