Diyala Governor Muthanna Al-Tamimi revealed Today, Tuesday, the reason for the exodus of some families from Muqdadiya district, while revealing the whereabouts of the terrorists and specifying their number.
In a statement to The Iraqi News Agency (INA), Al-Tamimi said that "The exodus of some families from Muqdadiya district came due to their fear that there would be a strong reaction within the districts following the attack by ISIS terrorist gangs on Al – Shabad area, as well as the chaos experienced on the heels of these attacks."
Regarding the danger of the terrorist gangs between the governorates of Kirkuk and Diyala, Al-Tamimi confirmed that "More than a thousand of ISIS members are present in the Kirkuk-Diyala-Salahuddin axis," noting that "the number of ISIS members has increased in this axis during the recent period."
"The Ops of pursuing terrorists depends on the decisions of Joint Operations Command, as it has a qualitative operation in the region to pursue terrorism," he added.
He continued, "I hope that funds will be allocated to support the intelligence effort and provide air support to pursue terrorists, determine their targets, and carry out air strikes against their sites, rather than launching large-scale security operations."
Earlier , on Friday, Diyala Governor Muthana al-Tamimi said that the security situation in the province is under control.
"The security situation is under control, and there is high coordination between the local government and federal ministries to enforce security and stabilize areas,” al-Tamimi told the Iraqi News Agency (INA).
The Joint Operations Command confirmed earlier that ISIS terrorist gangs wanted to provoke sedition through their terrorist operation carried out on Tuesday, in al-Muqdadiya district of Diyala province, while denying the existence of military reprisals in response to the terrorist attack.
"The security forces have begun to take their positions in Diyala, and military reinforcements have reached four brigades (two rapid reaction brigades, one brigade from the anti-terrorism service, and one brigade of the Iraqi Automated Army), and security measures have been taken and an intelligence plan and effort has been prepared towards those who carried out this terrorist act," said Maj. Gen. Tahsin al-Khafaji, spokesman for the joint operations.
On Tuesday, ISIS terrorist gangs launched a terrorist attack on the village of Al-Rashad in Meqdadiya district of Diyala province, killing 11 civilians and wounding six others.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi issued a number of directives to security and military leaders in Diyala, while calling on all sides not to exploit the tragedy of citizens in order to achieve certain things.