Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Several Islamic State leaders were arrested, while stash of weapons were confiscated, northwest of Mosul, a police commander said on Saturday.
Speaking to BasNews website, Maj. Gen. Hamad Names al-Jabouri said “security troops of Nineveh Operations Command started an operation in al-Atshana village in Badush town to comb the region.”
Troops, according to Jabouri, “confiscated a weapon stash in al-Atshana mountain as well as trench that had food commodities, pots, medicines and digging tools in Badush, west of Mosul.”
Moreover, Jabouri added that troops “arrested around 13 leaders, possessing weapons. They were taken to Nineveh Operations Command headquarters for investigations.”
Police also “arrested five Islamic State members, wanted for judiciary, two of whom worked for the group’s security department, while the three others were fighters within the group.” They were arrested in al-Intissar district, southeast of Mosul.
On Thursday, unidentified gunmen attacked a house in a village in Badush, killing a father and three of his sons.
In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, the group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.