Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Sunday that its security forces killed five Islamic State militants, who were hiding inside two tunnels in Mosul city.
In a statement received by Shafaq News, spokesperson for the Security Media Center Brigadier General Yehia Rasool said that “federal police, backed by troops from the Joint Operations Command, managed to kill five IS members inside two tunnels in Wadi Zainia area in Mosul.”
“According to intelligence reports, this terrorist group was planning to target innocent civilians,” Rasool added.
Islamic State declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.
A total of 90 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 117 others were injured due to acts of violence and terrorism during the month of August, according to the monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.