Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi policeman was killed by a roadside bomb targeting a police patrol vehicle in the eastern province of Diyala, a security source said.
“A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol vehicle in Katun al-Rahma district, 9 km west of Baqubah, leaving a policeman dead,” the source told privately-owned news website Almaalomah.
“The attack left another policeman wounded,” said the source, adding that security forces launched a probe into the incident.
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.