Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) – Three extremist militants of Islamic State were arrested Thursday in Hawija district in Kikruk, which was declared free of terrorism almost a year ago, a security source was quoted as saying.
Speaking to TRT, the source said that the three terrorists were hiding inside a house in Hawija district when the troops stormed the place.
“They were plotting to target security forces with the aim of undermining security in the region,” added the source.
A huge amount of ammunition and money were seized inside the house.
In October 2017, former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Iraqi troops recaptured Hawija, a main town held by Islamic State in the country.
The town had fallen to IS in June 2014, when the militant group seized control of much of northern and western Iraq and proclaimed the creation of a self-styled “caliphate”. There, Islamic State’s reign forced thousands to flee to refugee camps, while hundreds had been executed by the group for attempting to escape the area or contacting security forces.
Hawija, which lies 215km (135 miles) north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, has been a bastion of Jihadists since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.