SHAFAQNA – At least 14 people have sustained injuries in eight bomb attacks in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala.Iraqi police sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the explosions targeted the provincial capital, Baquba, and the town of Balad Ruz on Sunday.
The sources added that security forces were the main target of the explosions.
One of the bombings took place in the center of Baquba, two car bombs hit the northern district of the city, and a third one targeted the parking lot of the army’s 5th division headquarters on the eastern edge of city.
Security forces also discovered and defused three bombs on the main street of Baqubah.
The Iraqi police sources added that four bombs also exploded in Balad Ruz.
“This is an attempt to destabilize the province,” intelligence official Lieutenant Colonel Bakr al-Tamimi said in Baquba, adding, “The total number of wounded is 14, the damage was mostly material.”
He added that the explosions happened at almost the same time early in the morning.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. However, Iraqi officials often blame such attacks on the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
An Iraqi senior security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Iraqi forces had received intelligence ahead of the attacks.
“The information we had before this morning is that 74 car bombs were ready to target Diyala,” he said, adding, “Measures were taken today to close the main entrances to Baquba… The road between Baghdad and Diyala is indefinitely closed. Inside the city however, movement is normal.”
Earlier in the day, Iraqi security officials said at least four people were killed and nearly a dozen others injured in separate bomb attacks against two residential areas in the capital, Baghdad.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) says a total of 812 Iraqis were killed and another 1,726 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in April. A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where 319 civilians were killed.
Northern and western parts of Iraq have been in chaos since the Takfiri ISIL terrorists started their campaign of terror in early June 2014. The terrorists are in control of the city of Mosul and they have swept through parts of the country’s heartland.
Since then, Iraq’s army has been joined by Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen in operations to drive the terrorists out of the areas they have seized.