Diyala – One civilian was wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in northeast of Diyala لovernorate, a local source told AlSumaria News.

“An IED, planted on an agricultural road in northeast of Diyala, exploded early Sunday near a car, leaving the driver injured,” the source said. “The victim was taken to hospital for treatment”.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, added that security forces has opened an investigation into the incident.

Islamic State has stepped up attacks in Diyala over the past months, tagreting security members, paramilitary groups and civilians.

On Friday, two fighters of the Sunni tribal mobilization forces were wounded as two bombs exploded consecutively on an agricultural road near Sherwin basin, 45 KM east of Baqubah. Earlier on the day, four members of one family were wounded in a bomb blast that occurred northeast of Diyala.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members’ deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries. Continue reading.