Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Security forces arrested on Monday an Islamic State militant, who escaped to Baghdad coming from Nineveh after carrying out several terrorist attacks there, a police spokesman was quoted as saying.
In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Baghdad Today news website, Spokesman for the Iraqi Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Saad Maan said, “Federal police arrested an IS militant, who escaped from Nineveh after its liberation from terrorism and headed for Baghdad, where he worked at a popular restaurant.”
“The suspect admitted carrying out several terrorist attacks in Nineveh and escaping to Baghdad to work there,” Maan pointed out.
The spokesman added that the arrest was made upon accurate intelligence reports and after obtaining judicial approvals.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence earlier in November with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by the US-led international coalition, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.