Diyala (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi troops arrested on Friday a man who is standing behind several Islamic State-linked terrorist attacks against security men in Diyala province, a security committee was quoted as saying.
Speaking to SNG news agency, Sadeq al-Husseini, the head of the security committee of Diyala provincial council, said, “Troops of the interior ministry’s antiterrorism and intelligence departments managed to arrest a senior IS leader in al-Nada area, 45 km east of Baqubah, the capital city of Diyala.”
The arrestee is believed to be the mastermind of several IS-linked terrorist attacks against security bodies in the province, al-Husseini said.
The troops found an explosive belt, bombs and documents on supposed terrorist plans in his possession, he added.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.
In January 2015, Iraqi forces announced liberation of Diyala province from Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.