The Iraqi police in Salaheddine province said Saturday (December 15th) that they have thwarted an attempted attack on a train station south of Tikrit, the provincial capital.
"Security guards discovered a strange object inside the hall," Salaheddine police spokesperson Hasan al-Majmaie told Al-Shorfa. "They contacted the police, who came and found an improvised explosive device (IED) placed inside a metal tin weighing eight kilogrammes."
Just minutes before the timer-operated IED detonated, the police disarmed it without causing any human or material losses, he said.
The explosive had been targeting civilians and military personnel on their way to Baghdad, al-Majmaie said, accusing al-Qaeda of responsibility for the attack.