Iraqi security apprehend two terrorists in Kirkuk province

A Shi’ite volunteer wearing a mask, who has joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), looks on during a parade on a street in Kanaan, Diyala province, June 26, 2014.

Kirkuk ( – The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Monday the capture of two terrorists in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

Acting upon a tip-off, a security force arrested the pair after storming their hideout in Kirkuk’s Hawija district, the ministry said in a press statement.

The two terrorists were handed over to the competent authorities for interrogation as they are facing terror charges, the statement added.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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