Iraqi security troops repulse suicide attack, north of Baghdad: Command

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Baghdad ( Iraqi troops have foiled an attempt of a suicide attacker to blow up himself, north of Baghdad, a command said on Saturday.

In a statement, the Baghdad Operations Command said “security troops of the command, in cooperation with Federal Police, managed to kill a suicide attacker, who was wearing a suicide belt, north of the capital.”

Troops, according to the statement, “managed to raid a hideout, where one of the terrorists was taking shelter at. After following him, he was killed in Tarmiyah region, north of Baghdad.”

Explosives were found in his possession, it added.

Violence left 174 Iraqis dead and wounded throughout the month of October, according to a monthly toll released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).
In December, the former Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.

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