Three militants, planning to abduct civilians, arrested, south of Kirkuk

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Kirkuk ( Three militants were arrested as the pro-government paramilitary troops thwarted an attempt to kidnap civilians, south of Kirkuk, the media service said on Wednesday.

A statement on the website of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, “information from the intelligence helped the 50th brigade to arrest three militants who were on motorbikes. They sneaked into Dakuk town.”

The operation, according to the source, caused no damages. The information “indicated that the militants were planning to abduct civilians from the town.”

Islamic State has resumed its attacks and explosions as well as blocking roads, abducting civilians and security personnel, despite operations carried out across the provinces. The group continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.

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.

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