Five suicide attackers killed during operation, south of Nineveh

Iraqi security forces arrest a suspected fighter with the Islamic State group during a military operation.

Nineveh ( Security troops have managed to kill five suicide attackers in south of Nineveh, a security source was quoted saying.

“While troops were passing near a house in a village in Hammam al-Alil region within an inspection campaign, the personnel noticed presence of a mobile phone charger connected to solar energy cells,” the source told AlSumaria News on Monday. After cordoning off the region, shooting against the troops started and then the two sides exchanged shootout.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that “the troops killed five suicide attackers who were in a rest house for Islamic State in the vicinity of the village.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group.

In December, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, have been fighting since October 2016 to retake territories Islamic State had occupied.

The war against IS has so far displaced at least five million people. Thousands of others fled toward neighboring countries including Syria, Turkey and other European countries, since IS emerged to proclaim its self-styled “caliphate”.

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