3 Islamic State militants apprehended in Iraq’s Kirkuk

Iraqi security forces arrest a suspected member of the Islamic State group. File photo

Kirkuk ( – Iraqi authorities announced on Saturday the capture of three Islamic State (IS) militants during a security campaign in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

In a press release, a copy of which was obtained by IKH News, Spokesman for the Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Saad Maan said that troops of the Iraqi intelligence service arrested three Islamic State militants implicated in targeting civilians in Kirkuk province.

“The trio were wanted by Iraqi judiciary on terror charges,” he added.

Iraqi courts have sentenced many of Islamic State members, including a big number of female members, to death over joining the militant group.

The exact number of detained militants is still unknown, however, it’s estimated to be at thousands. It’s also unclear how many members are likely to face death sentences.

Moreover, the Iraqi government did not provide estimates about the number of the foreign detained militants or those who have Arab or Iraqi origins.

Iraq’s anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped jihadists even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.

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