Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State’s so-called “Black Widow” female member was killed in a bomb blast that occurred outside her house on the outskirts of Hawija town, southwest of Kirkuk, a local source in the province said on Thursday.
“A prominent female leader with the Islamic State’s female wing called the ‘Black Widow’ was killed today in a blast caused by a bomb placed near her house on the outskirts of Hawija,” the source told AlSumaria News.
“The member is a widow of one of IS leaders who was killed around a year ago in an airstrike. A prominent female member in Hawija, she used to work for the IS Hisbah (vigilantism) department,” the source who preferred anonymity added.
Hisbah committees are IS’s religious law enforcement arm, which arrests whoever violates the group’s extreme religious rules and carries out sentences issued against them.
Hawija, located 55 KM west of Kirkuk, has been held by IS since mid-2014.
Dozens of residents from Hawija and the regions in its vicinity escape to Kirkuk province on a daily basis. Despite the risky routes to the freed regions, the civilians prefer death to staying under IS control.
Last month, news reports quoted sources as saying that the extremist group opened alternative headquarters for its so-called “Nineveh State, “Dijlah State”, “Salahuddin State” and “Diyala State” in Hawija.