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Twin Roadside Bombs in Iraq’s Diyala Province Kill One, Injure Four

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Baghdad, May 26 (IANS) – A paramilitary fighter from a local tribal force was killed and four others wounded in twin roadside bomb explosions in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, the Iraqi military reported on Sunday.

The fatal incident occurred at 9:40 p.m. local time on Saturday (1840 GMT) near a village in the Khan Bani Saad area, located south of Baquba, the provincial capital of Diyala. 

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This region lies approximately 65 kilometers northeast of Baghdad. According to a statement from the Security Media Cell, a media outlet associated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, the initial explosion occurred at a tribal fighters’ outpost. 

These fighters are affiliated with the Iraqi Hashd Shaabi forces. The first bomb exploded without causing any casualties. However, as security forces arrived to investigate the scene and track down the perpetrators, a second bomb detonated, leading to fatal consequences. 

One tribal fighter was killed instantly, and four others were injured in the subsequent explosion, according to the statement released by the Security Media Cell.

This tragic event underscores the ongoing challenges that Iraq faces despite significant improvements in its security situation. 

Since the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) militants across the country in 2017, Iraq has made strides in stabilizing various regions. 

Nevertheless, sporadic attacks like this one continue to pose a threat to the fragile peace and security that has been painstakingly restored over the past few years.

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The Diyala province, in particular, has been a hotspot for such incidents due to its mixed population and strategic location. 

The province has witnessed numerous attacks over the years, often attributed to remnants of IS militants or other extremist groups seeking to destabilize the area. 

The Hashd Shaabi forces, also known as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), play a crucial role in maintaining security and combating these extremist factions in various parts of Iraq, including Diyala.

Following the explosions, local authorities have ramped up security measures in the region. Additional troops have been deployed to prevent further incidents and to enhance the protection of critical infrastructure and population centers. 

Investigations are ongoing to identify those responsible for planting the roadside bombs, with security forces combing through the area for any leads or evidence that could lead to arrests.

The Iraqi government has consistently emphasized its commitment to eliminating terrorist threats and ensuring the safety of its citizens. 

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi has reiterated his administration’s dedication to strengthening security measures and supporting the efforts of the military and paramilitary forces like the Hashd Shaabi.

In the wake of Saturday’s attack, expressions of solidarity have poured in from various segments of Iraqi society. 

Leaders from different political and tribal groups have condemned the violence and called for unity in the face of such threats. The Iraqi people, who have endured years of conflict and instability, remain resilient and hopeful for a future free from the shadow of terrorism.

As Iraq continues its journey toward recovery and stability, incidents like the twin bombings in Diyala serve as a stark reminder of the challenges that lie ahead. 

The nation’s resolve and the continued efforts of its security forces will be crucial in overcoming these obstacles and achieving lasting peace.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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