A police officer was severely wounded Sunday as an Improvised Explosive Device IED targeted a police vehicle in Iraq’s north western Diyala province, a security source told The Baghdad Post.
The source added that an explosive charge went off while a police vehicle was passing by an agricultural road in the outskirts of Khanaqin district northeast of Diyala province.
“The explosion left a police officer wounded,” the source said, adding that a probe was launched to identify perpetrators of the attack.
The source noted that the injured policeman was moved to a nearby hospital for treatment.
In January 2015, Iraqi forces announced liberation of Diyala province from ISIS militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The province has seen months of fighting between Iraqi troops and ISIS 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, ISIS continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.