IS militants in Diyala attacked stadium during underway football match – PMF

Iraqi security forces launch a military operation to retake positions held by Islamic State near the village of Sharween, in Diyala province, Iraq on January 22 2015. (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Islamic State (IS) militants attacked a stadium in Diyala late on Tuesday, leaving one killed and wounding three others.

Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in a statement said that late Tuesday night the Islamic State militants attacked a stadium whilst there was an underway football match.

The stadium is situated in a village in northeastern Diyala governorate, at least one was killed and three others were wounded who were immediately transferred to Baquba’s town, the statement said.

The PMF repelled the attack, it said but did not specify anything about the identity of the victims whether they were civilian or PMF fighters.

Islamic State controlled roughly a third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017.

Iraqi forces and Kurdish troops backed by U.S.-led Coalition forces as well as Iran-backed Shia militias defeated the militant group in 2017, but its members still roam in the dispute areas.

While Islamic State was driven out of most of the territory it once held in Iraq, but still many of the remnants of IS militants are still operating in the disputed territories between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Federal Government.

Diyala governorate is a part of the disputed lands.

The areas created a security vacuum, and terrorists utilized it to operate in, and pursue their own harmful actions to destabilize the country’s security.

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