Iraqi troops repulse suicide attack against military convoys in Diyala: Ministry

Federal police forces. File photo

Diyala ( The Iraqi Interior Ministry has announced foiling a suicide attack against military convoys in Diyala province on Thursday.

In a statement, the ministry’s Security Media Center said troops managed to foil a terrorist operation and kill a suicide attacker, who was wearing an explosive belt and holding three bomb.”

The militant, according to the statement, “was trying to target military convoys in Jalawla region in Diyala.”

Last week, several Islamic State members were killed as a bomb went off inside a vehicle, while passing by al-Bu Tarmish region, northeast of Diyala. News reports quoted sources as saying that security troops arrested three Islamic State members who were planning for terrorist operations against civilians in Diyala.

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.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

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