Security forces foil suicide attack, northwest of Iraq’s Baghdad

Iraqi policemen stand guard outside a Baghdad police academy that was the target of a suicide car bombing on Sunday. CNN

Baghdad ( Iraqi troops have foiled a suicide attack, northwest of the capital Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Friday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said “Iraqi forces arrested a militant who was planning to blow himself up in al-Shoa’la region, northwest of Baghdad.”

Security troops, according to the source, “managed to besiege and arrest him before he blew himself up.”

On Wednesday midnight, a suicide attack took place around when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt near an amusement park, leaving fourteen people killed and injured.

A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.

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.

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 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

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