Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – Security forces have arrested six Islamic State members in the group’s previously proclaimed capital city of Mosul, the Iraqi Security Media Center announced Sunday.
In a statement, quoted by Baghdad News, spokesman for the Iraqi Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Saad Maan said that the six terrorists were arrested in al-Zahraa, Nahrawan, al-Karama and Nabi Yunus districts in eastern and southern Mosul.
“Four of the arrestees were involved in fighting against Iraqi security forces, while the fifth was an Islamic State programmer,” Maan said.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced in July 2017 liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014.
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.
Last December, Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.
Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.