Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – An Islamic State militant was killed Monday when army forces stormed a terrorist hotbed in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Military Intelligence Directorate said.
“Military intelligence forces stormed a terrorist hotbed at the Nineveh island, west of Mosul city, leaving an Islamic State terrorist dead,” Alsumaria News quoted the directorate as saying.
The troops destroyed the hideout and all its contents, the statement read.
Meanwhile, the directorate said that its forces arrested another Islamic State member in Ramadi city.
The militant, according to the statement, “was responsible for booby trapping vehicles in order to be used later in terrorist attacks by the Islamic State group.”
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city. Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.
Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 with the help of a US-led alliance, having retaken all the territory captured by the extremists in 2014 and 2015.