The bomb “hit a string of restaurants on the eastern side of town... Most of the people there were truck drivers transporting goods between Baghdad and Kurdistan," a police captain said on Sunday.
The explosion ripped through roadside restaurants at the entrance of the town of Balad Ruz, located some 65 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of the capital Baghdad, in the Diyala province late on Saturday.
At least 15 people were killed and over 37 others were wounded in the bombing, police said.
Meanwhile, Khidhr Muslim Abed, a member of the Diyala provincial council, confirmed the toll.
Moreover, the ISIL militant group has executed 3 of its own members in Iraq’s northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk on the grounds that they had betrayed the militants.
A local security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the ISIL terrorists killed the fellow extremists by firing squad in the Zab district, located 95 kilometers (59 miles) west of the provincial capital Kirkuk.
The ISIL terrorists began their offensive through the Iraqi territory in June 2014, and took full control of the country’s second city, Mosul, before capturing swathes of land in Iraq’s heartland.
The Iraqi army backed by volunteer forces has managed to regain some occupied regions especially in northern Iraq.
The ISIL terrorists have perpetrated heinous crimes and terrorized members of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians during their onslaughts in Iraq.
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