Shirqat (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State leader was killed along with his brother in an IED blast, north of Salahuddin, a local source said on Wednesday.
“An IS member in charge of one of the security committees in the western coast of Shirqat town was killed along with his brother as a bomb planted under his vehicle exploded near his house,” the source, who asked to remain anonymous, told AlSumaria News.
The source blamed the murder of several leaders and members of the group in western Shirqat over the past few months on presence of opponents of the group and infighting among the militants.
On Tuesday, an IS leader known as abu Dajana al-Muhajir, in charge of the group’s intelligence in the so-called ‘Al-Jabal State’, located between Salahuddin and Diyala provinces, was killed in an armed attack in Shirqat.
At least 170 IS militants were reportedly killed earlier this week in airstrikes launched by the Iraqi army jets in the town.
In September, Iraqi army said its forces recaptured the western coast of the town, located south of Mosul lies on the west bank of the Tigris river, after being surrounded for months by Iraqi troops and the pro-government Shi’ite militias. The eastern coast of Shirqat, is still under the IS control.
Pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, are still held by the militants posing threats to the liberated regions. IS havens are expected to be targeted by the Iraqi government, after security achieved victory in Mosul, the group’s biggest stronghold in Iraq.