A suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) detonated at a restaurant located on a highway near the city of Tikrit on Wednesday, September 12. According to initial reports, at least six people have been killed and another 42 injured. As of 16:15 (local time), no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Although Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi claimed victory over the Islamic State (IS) in December 2017, the group retains a degree of freedom of movement in parts of the country, particularly in northern and western Iraq. IS militants continue to carry out attacks, notably against security forces. High-profile attacks often prompt equally significant security responses, including enhanced checkpoint operations and more proactive operations, with resulting effects on transit.
Individuals are advised to avoid the area of the attack, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.