AA / Baghdad
An Iraqi security source reported on Sunday that two soldiers were wounded in an armed attack on an electoral center in Diyala governorate, in the east of the country.
Diyala Police Lt. Shaalan Al-Kameli told Anadolu Agency that “gunmen opened fire on Al-Muhtada Billah School, an electoral center where voters cast ballots in the district of ‘Al-Saadiya (60 km northeast of Baquba, the center of Diyala governorate).
“The armed forces confronted the attackers and retaliated against them,” Al-Kameli added, indicating that two soldiers were wounded, before the attackers fled.
The Iraqi official also stressed that no casualties among voters had been recorded, accusing Daesh terrorists of being behind the attack.
He said additional security forces arrived at the site of the attack to secure it and pursue the attackers.
It is the first attack of its kind since the polling stations opened their doors on Sunday morning for the early parliamentary elections.
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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