Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi security forces killed on Sunday two suicide bombers and arrested three others during a security operation in Mosul city, a security source was quoted as saying.
Speaking to the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA), the source said that the suicide attackers were plotting to carry out a terrorist attack in al-Ba’aj district in western Mosul using explosive belts.
There was a woman among the arrestees, the source said.
Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced in July 2017 liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.
Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.