Iraqi soldier killed, 4 workers injured in two bomb blasts in Diyala

Iraqi soldiers carry a victim of an armed attack. File photo 

Diyala ( – An Iraqi solider was killed, while four workers were wounded in two bomb blasts in Diyala province on Tuesday, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Iraqi website Alghad Press, the source said that a bomb blast targeted an army patrol in al-Shohani area between Muqdadiyah and al-Mansouryah districts in northeastern Diyala, leaving an Iraqi soldier killed.

According to the source, the second explosion occurred at a garden in Nofal village on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah. The bomb attack left four workers injured.

“The soldier’s body was moved to the forensic medicine department, while the injured workers were carried into a nearby hospital for treatment,” added the source.

In January 2015, Iraqi forces announced liberation of Diyala province from Islamic State (IS) extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The province has seen months of fighting between Iraqi troops and IS militants especially in the Jalawla and Saadiyah areas in the province’s north and areas near the town of Muqdadiyah.

IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.

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