Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A terrorist cell composed of thirteen Islamic State members has been arrested, west of Mosul, the Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday.
In a statement by the Security Media Center, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the ministry, said “troops of the Nineveh police managed to arrest a terrorist cell of Islamic State, composed of thirteen militants.”
The militants, according to the statement, “were wanted for judiciary. Some of them worked for the group’s security and Hisbah (vigilantism) department, while the group was in control of Mosul.”
The arrests took place in al-Intissar district, west of the city, it added.
On Tuesday, seven Islamic State militants were arrested, east of Mosul city, with one of them facing charges of assassinating security forces, the ministry said. Other 27 militants were arrested in an operation in Hammam al-Alil, south of the city, according to Nineveh police.
Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.
In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.
Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.