ERBIL — The jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) on Saturday evening carried out a bomb attack in the Iraqi province of Diyala where several people, among them were also civilians, were either killed or wounded.
According to Iraqi media outlets, the militants first targeted a military vehicle with an explosive device planted on a highway in the area of Hadulakhzar, in Abara town, northeast of Diyala province.
Soon after the locals, as well as the federal police forces, arrived at the scene, the snipers of the jihadist group began targeting the people in the area, killing one police commander and three civilians while several more were reportedly injured.
This comes as the situation in some parts of Iraq, particularly in the territories disputed between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the federal government of Iraq, has dramatically deteriorated lately.
The Islamic State was announced as "fully defeated" in Iraq in 2017, but the insurgent group has so far continued to harm the security forces and civilians in most parts of the country through its sleeper cells.
After repeated calls by senior Kurdish leaders for joint operations between Erbil and Baghdad in the disputed areas to prevent the jihadist group from resurging, the two sides recently announced an agreement to form two joint brigades in those territories.
The US-led Coalition, meanwhile, has lately reiterated its commitment to continuing its military support for the Iraqi and Peshmerga forces to help them in defeating the Islamic State in the region.