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At least one insurgent killed during likely premature detonation in western Nineveh

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On the morning of 10 February, at least one IS member was being smuggled in the back of a cargo truck transporting sheep between Suwija Village and the southern checkpoint of Baaj Town, in western Nineveh. An explosive belt detonated in an apparent premature detonation, killing 1-2 insurgents based on conflicting reports. Members of the 60th PMF Brigade responded to the scene. Two men driving the truck were subsequently arrested, with a woman also possibly arrested according to conflicting accounts. No weapons were specified as being recovered.

Various reporting attributed to unnamed security sources praised this development as the interdiction of multiple suicide bombers who intended to conduct attacks in the province. However, deliberate suicide attacks are exceedingly rare in Nineveh and elsewhere in the Northern Region. It is considered more likely that this involved a more routine infiltration of IS members in this border sector. Explosive belts are commonly used by insurgents as a weapon of last resort to avoid capture under such circumstances. It is likely that an insurgent inadvertently triggered the device after arming it while approaching a checkpoint.

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