Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi authorities announced on Saturday the capture of a suicide bomber in Abu Gharib district, west of Baghdad.
“Wearing an explosive belt, the suicide bomber was arrested before he could blow himself up near a security checkpoint in Abu Ghraib district,” Iraqi website Alghad Press quoted the Baghdad Operations Command as saying in a press statement.
He was planning to carry out a terrorist attack in the area, the statement read.
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.