Diyala (Iraqinews.com) – A SWAT officer was killed while another was injured in a dual bomb attack in the eastern governorate of Diyala, an Iraqi provincial officer was quoted as saying.
Speaking to Alghad Press on Tuesday, Awwad al-Rabei, the head of Abu Saida’s security committee, said, “Two explosive charges went off sequentially while a police vehicle was passing by al-Mokhisa village on the outskirts of Abu Saida district in Diyala.”
“According to preliminary reports, the bombings left a SWAT officer killed and another injured,” al-Rabei pointed out.
Ambulances rushed to the blast site and carried the body to the forensic medicine officer, while the injured was moved to hospital for treatment, he added.
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.
Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.