Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) – Two Islamic State (IS) terrorists were apprehended Tuesday in the oil-rich Iraqi province of Kirkuk, a state-run security center said as the country still faces a growing threat posed by the terrorist group’s dormant cells.
“Troops of the homeland security service have arrested two members of the Islamic State’s so-called Jund (soldiers) Diwan, who are wanted by Iraqi judiciary over terror-related charges,” Iraqi website Almaalomah quoted spokesman for the Security Media Center Maj. Gen. Saad Maan as saying.
According to the spokesman, the arrested were made in Panja Ali and Jimen areas in Kirkuk.
The security situation in Iraqi has deteriorated since the emergence of Islamic State group in the country in 2014. Even after their crushing defeat, IS militants continue to pose a security threat across the country.
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.
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.