A car bomb detonated near a restaurant and a market in the northern town of Qayyara (near Mosul) on Tuesday, October 23, killing at least four people and injuring 15 others. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Islamic State (IS) has conducted similar attacks in the area. A heightened security presence can be expected near the blast zone in the near-term.
Although Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi claimed victory over IS in December 2017, the group retains a degree of freedom of movement in parts of the country, particularly in western and northern Iraq, and IS militants continue to carry out attacks. High-profile attacks often prompt equally significant security responses, including enhanced checkpoint operations, and more proactive operations, with resulting effects on transit.
Individuals in the area are advised to 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.
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