At least 11 civilians killed in eastern Iraq when his minibus was hit by a mine explosion before being targeted by a sniper in a jihadist attack, security sources and the provincial governor reported this Friday.
The attack in the province of Diyalacommitted on Thursday night, targeted a minibus in which civilians were traveling who were returning from an election rally, he told the news agency AFP an Interior Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The governor of Diyala, Muthana al Tamimidenounced a “cowardly operation perpetrated by the terrorist group Daesh“, in reference to the jihadists of the organization Islamic State (ISIS, for its acronym in English).
On his Facebook page he asked the security forces “redouble vigilance against sleeper cells” from ISIS.
At least “11 people died and 17 were injured in an attack carried out with an explosive device and then with shots directed at people” in the city of Al Omraniya, he told AFP a second source of security from Baghdad.
For his part, the head of the Ministry of the Interior assured that a “minibus” had been hit “for two homemade bombs upon his return from an electoral rally.”
“Next, a sniper fired shots from an unidentified location,” declared the official.
ISIS did not initially claim responsibility for the attack in Diyala, a region where jihadist cells remain active.
The Islamic State was territorially defeated in Iraq in 2017 after having controlled large areas of the country since 2014, but Its remnants are still carrying out attacksespecially against the Iraqi security forces and particularly on the border with Syria and in the north and center of the country.
It is estimated that the organization has between 5,000 and 7,000 members and supporters distributed between Iraq and Syria, of whom approximately half are combatants, according to a United Nations Security Council report published in February.
(With information from AFP and EFE)