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Iraq / Legislative: A soldier killed in an armed attack on an electoral center


AA / Baghdad

An Iraqi security source reported on Sunday that an armed attack targeted an electoral center in the eastern province of Diyala, while authorities said it was an accidental fire, which killed a soldier and injured another.

Earlier Sunday, Diyala Police Lieutenant Shaalan Al-Kameli told Anadolu Agency that “gunmen opened fire on Al-Muhtada Billah School, an electoral center where Voters voted in Al-Saadiya district (60 km northeast of Baquba, the center of Diyala governorate).

He added that the attack injured two soldiers, according to preliminary information, accusing Daesh terrorists of being behind the attack.

Al-Kameli said reinforcements were dispatched to the site of the attack to secure it and pursue the attackers.

For its part, the Media Unit of the Ministry of Defense reported in a statement “this is an accidental shooting, which resulted in the death of a soldier while another was wounded”.

About 250,000 Iraqi security elements are involved in securing polling stations across the country.

Sunday morning, the Iraqi authorities opened polling stations for citizens to choose a new Parliament, during the early legislative elections.

Official figures from the Election Commission indicate that 24.9 million Iraqis are eligible to vote, out of around 40 million people.

Some 3,249 candidates representing 21 coalitions and 109 parties, as well as independents, were vying for the 329 seats in the Iraqi parliament.

At least 1,249 international and foreign observers are expected to participate in the observation of the voting process, in addition to thousands of local observers, according to the Iraqi Election Commission.

According to the same source, the preliminary results will be announced within 24 hours of the election.

* Translated from Arabic by Hend Abdessamad

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