Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) Attackers invaded a prison west of Mosul where the Islamic State holds dissident members, killing three of its guards, according to a local source in Nineveh.
Seven inmates were set free from the prison which held between 15 and 20 detainees arrested by the group over the past few months for declaring dissent, Alsumaria News quoted the source saying Monday.
IS members raised alert and launched searches in the region to catch the fugitive detainees.
The report comes a few hours after a senior aide to supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was assassinated.
A local source in Nineveh told Alsumaria News that unknown gunmen killed Hassab-Allah al-Qawqazi near his home in central Tal Afar.
Islamic State has reportedly been rocked with dissents and power conflicts since Iraqi government troops, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces, launched an offensive in October to retake the city which the group took over in 2014. The group has reportedly sentenced several members to death due to delinquency on the battlefield or attempting to flee encounters. Some senior members had also been mysteriously assassinated, further stoking speculations about the group’s possible breakdown as security troops make more gains.