A car bomb exploded near the Abu Layla restaurant in Mosul (Nineveh province) on the evening (local time) of Thursday, November 8, killing at least 13 people and wounding 23 others. Further details regarding the event are still emerging.
The incident reportedly marks the first car bombing inside the city since Islamic State (IS) militants were ousted from Mosul in July 2017.
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 on security forces and Shi'a communities. High-profile attacks often prompt equally significant security responses, including enhanced checkpoint operations, and more proactive operations, with resulting effects on transit.
Individuals in Mosul are advised to avoid the affected area, 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.