Two militants arrested, east of Salahuddin: Interior Ministry

Security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State during sand storm in Ramadi. (AP Photo)

Salahuddin ( The Iraqi Security Media Center has announced arresting two militants, east of Salahuddin province.

In a statement, Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the ministry, said troops “managed to arrested two suspects in Tuz Khurmatu region. They were possessing explosives.”

Legal measures were taken against them, it added.

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.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

A total of 75 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 179 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September 2018, according to casualty figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

In December, Iraq announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

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