Diyala (IraqiNews.com) A militant was killed and his booby-trapped vehicle was destroyed before carrying out a suicide bombing in Diyala, intelligence services said Tuesday.
“Military intelligence teams detected a booby-trapped vehicle on al-Udhaim highway in Diyala. The force detonated the vehicle and killed the militant on board,” said the statement.
Violence surged in Iraq with the emergence of Islamic State militants who took over large areas of the country in 2014.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says violence in Iraq had left 19000 casualties in nine months of 2016. Observers believe Islamic State have begun to escalate attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses.