Iraqi troops nab three Islamic State female biters in Kirkuk’s Hawija

Islamic State female fighters carrying weapons

Kirkuk ( – Iraqi authorities announced on Monday the capture of three Islamic State female terrorists in Hawija, 215km north of the capital Baghdad.

“A force of the Homeland Security Service in Salahuddin province arrested three female militants of Islamic State, who are wanted by Iraqi judiciary on terrorism charges,” Alghad Press website quoted the Security Media Center as saying in a statement.

“The trio, who served as Islamic State biters, were handed over to the competent authorities for legal action,” the statement added.

During its capture of Iraqi lands, Islamic State group introduced a new torture tool, named “the biter”, to punish women who violate its dress code.

The biter is an old instrument of torture, which was used in the middle ages. It leaves deep wounds difficult to heal.

In October 2017, former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Iraqi troops recaptured Hawija, a main town held by Islamic State in the country.

The town had fallen to IS in June 2014, when the militant group seized control of much of northern and western Iraq and proclaimed the creation of a self-styled “caliphate”.

There, Islamic State’s reign forced thousands to flee to refugee camps, while hundreds had been executed by the group for attempting to escape the area or contacting security forces.

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