Iraqi security forces find seven Islamic State tunnels in Nineveh

A tunnel belonging to the Islamic State in Baqubah.

Nineveh ( – Iraqi security forces found on Tuesday seven tunnels that were used by Islamic State militants in Nineveh province.

“Troops in the Nineveh Operations Command carried out a security campaign in Shaikh Ibrahim desert town in Nineveh, searching for remnants of Islamic State,” Ayn Al Iraq news website quoted Yahia Rasool, the spokesman for the Security Media Center, as saying.

The security forces, according to the spokesman, “found seven Islamic State tunnels and a locally-made explosive charge during their security campaign.”

Rasool further pointed out that security forces killed two Islamic State terrorists while planting bombs in Badush village in Mosul Old City.

“One of them was wearing an explosive belt when he was shot dead by the security forces,” the spokesman added.

Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced in August 2017 that Nineveh province was fully liberated from Islamic State after the district of Tal Afar was recaptured.

The announcement came after the defeat of the jihadist group in the town of Ayadiya, where the militants had fled to from Tal Afar.

The jihadist group had seized large swathes of Syria and Iraq in 2014, when it proclaimed a “caliphate” and imposed its rule over some 10 million people.

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