Mortar attack kills civilian, wounds five others in Diyala

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Diyala ( – An Iraqi civilian was killed and five others were wounded Wednesday in a mortar attack in the eastern province of Diyala, a provincial official was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Iraqi website Baghdad Today, the head of Qarah Tabbah district in Diyala, Wasfi al-Tamimi, said that a mortar shell fell on a house in al-Qasab al-Qadimah village in northeastern the province early morning.

“The mortar attack left a civilian dead and five others wounded,” al-Tamimi added.

It is unclear where the mortar shells were fired from, he noted.

In January 2015, Iraqi forces announced liberation of Diyala province from Islamic State 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.

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