Five Islamic State militants apprehended in Nineveh

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

Nineveh ( – Five Islamic State terrorists were arrested Sunday in Nineveh province, the Iraqi Security Media Center said as the Iraqi forces still launch manhunts nationwide for remnants of the extremist group.

Troops of the homeland security department in Nineveh province arrested five Islamic State militants, who worked for the Islamic police force, also known as Hisbah, during the group’s capture of much of Nineveh province in 2014, Almaalomah news agency quoted the center’s spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool, as saying in a statement.

“The arrestees were hiding at a border village in Nineveh when they were caught by security forces,” Rasool said, adding that the five are wanted by Iraqi judiciary on terror charges.

“They were all handed over to the competent authorities for legal action,” the statement read.

Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced in August 2017 that Nineveh province was fully liberated from Islamic State after the district of Tal Afar was recaptured.

The announcement came after the defeat of the jihadist group in the town of Ayadiya, where the militants had fled to from Tal Afar.

Islamic State militants seized control of much of Nineveh, including the provincial capital of Mosul, in June 2014.

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