Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Over 20 Islamic State members were arrested near prison, northwest of Mosul, a police source said on Thursday.
Speaking to BasNews, Cap. Omar Sabah, of Nineveh Operations Command, said “security troops carried out an operation, based on information from residents near Badush town over presence of Islamic State members. The troops cordoned off the region.”
Troops, according to Sabah, “arrested 26 militants, possessing weapons and hand grenades after confrontations between the two sides.”
The militants were then taken to detention cells for investigations ahead of standing trials, Sabah said.
On Monday, 20 Islamic State members, including five women, were arrested, south of Mosul.
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.
Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.
Earlier today, the militant group executed a paramilitary senior leader and seven members of his family in al-Shoura region, south of Mosul.