Islamic State militants kill three Iraqi lawyers on Mosul road

An Islamic State fighter carries his weapon in a fight against Iraqi troops

Nineveh ( – Three Iraqi lawyers were shot dead Wednesday by Islamic State militants on a Mosul road, a security source was quoted as saying.

“Islamic State militants opened fire against a car carrying three lawyers on a road between Hamam al-Alil and Mosul cities south of Nineveh, leaving the trio dead,” the source told Alghad Press.

On Tuesday, Iraq’s military intelligence announced arresting an Islamic State militant, who escaped from Mosul city. The terrorist was nabbed at a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Tikrit city.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared in July victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. In December, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since a government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

Since then, forces took back the group’s former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija, and each of Annah, Rawa and Qaim in Anbar.

The war against IS has displaced nearly five million people, with tens of thousands of civilians and militants killed since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.

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