Security forces on Friday (February 15th) killed a gunman minutes after he blew up a booby-trapped car with a remote control device near a mosque in al-Muqdadiyah, northeast of Baqubah, the capital of Diyala province, Iraqi police said.
One policeman was killed and three worshippers were wounded in the blast.
A security force tracked the suspect after he blew up the car near "al-Zahraa mosque in al-Muqdadiyah … and killed him in the ensuing exchange of fire," said Lt. Col. Arkan Hussein, deputy Diyala police chief.
He told Al-Shorfa the force found the remote control device as well as a machine gun.
Initial police investigations indicate the gunman holds Arab nationality and entered the country last year illegally, he said.