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12 Dec 2019 | 12:26 PM UTC

Iraq: Suicide bombing attack kills seven paramilitary fighters near Samarra (Saladin province) December 12

Suicide bombing attack kills seven paramilitary fighters near Samarra (Saladin province) December 12; no group immediately claims responsibility for attack

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Event

A suicide bombing attack killed at least seven paramilitary fighters and wounded three others near Samarra (Saladin province) on Thursday, December 12. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a military statement.

Similar militant attacks are possible in Saladin province over the near term.

Context

While former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed victory over the Islamic State (IS) group in December 2017, the group retains a degree of freedom of movement in parts of the country, particularly in western and northern Iraq.

Advice

Individuals in Saladin province are advised to report suspicious objects and behavior to the police, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.