Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – Two Islamic State militants were arrested Sunday in the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul, the Iraqi interior ministry said.
“A force from Nineveh police caught two Islamic State members in al-Amel district in Mosul’s eastern side,” Baghdad Today website quoted the ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Saad Maan as saying.
He added that the pair were members of Islamic State’s top security agency, known as Amniya.
Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.
The campaign was backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition.
Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December with the help of a US-led alliance, having retaken all the territory captured by the extremists in 2014 and 2015.
Isolated cells believed to be linked to the Islamic State group remain active in some parts of the country. In recent weeks, suspected Islamic State insurgents have carried out several attacks targeting security forces and citizens across Iraq.
The exact number of detained Islamic State militants in Iraq is still unknown, however, it’s estimated to be at thousands.