Two Iraqi soldiers wounded as bomb blast rocks Iraq’s Diyala

Paramilitary fighters and military vehicles are seen during a military operation to retake positions held by Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province, north of Baghdad January 25, 2015. Picture taken January 25, 2015. REUTERS

Diyala ( – Two Iraqi servicemen were wounded Sunday in a bomb explosion in Jalawla, north of Diyala province, a security source said.

“An explosive charge targeted an army force in al-Islah village in Jalawla district, leaving two soldiers wounded,” the source told the privately-owned Almaalomah news website.

“Security forces cordoned off the blast scene, and the wounded were moved to hospital,” added the source.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.

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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