Shia pilgrims at the Iraqi holy city of Karbala.
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A suicide attacker was killed before he targeted civilians heading from north of Baghdad to Karbala province for religious rituals, the Baghdad Operations Command said on Monday.
In a statement, the command said “troops managed to kill a suicide bomber in Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad.”
The militant, according to the statement, “was wearing a suicide belt to target civilians on Baghdad-Samarra road.”
Last week, the command launched a security campaign to secure roads of the Muslim Shia visitors who were commemorating the 40-day mourning period for the 7th century death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohamed.
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
A total of 75 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 179 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September 2018, according to casualty figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
Baghdad came on top of the worst affected Governorate, with 101 civilian casualties (31 killed, 70 injured), followed by Anbar (15 killed and 37 injured).
In December, Iraq announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.