Kirkuk police arrests nine terrorists, key leader

Police forces have arrested nine Islamic State (IS) members, including a key IS leader in Kirkuk Province, said Kirkuk Police on Thursday.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – Police forces have arrested nine Islamic State (IS) members, including a key IS leader in Kirkuk Province, said Kirkuk Police on Thursday.

Brigadier Sarhad Qadir, chief of Kirkuk suburban police, told Kurdistan24, “We continue to have security operations in Kirkuk to arrest those who participate in terrorist activities in the Province,” he said.

“We have arrested nine Da’esh [IS] members, seven of them belong to Naqshbandi group who ruled during the former dictatorship government of Iraq. The other two belong to Ansar al-Islam and al-Qaeda groups,” he added.

Qadir said that the arrested members have carried out many terrorist activities in Kirkuk province in particular and Iraq in general.

“Some of them had a hand in assassinating Mohamad Khan in 2008, who was a military officer visiting southern Kirkuk,” he continued. “They also participated in many current IS attacks against Peshmerga forces.”

Additionally, Qadir noted that one of them was a Mullah and declared a Fatwa, an Islamic verdict, to control Kurdish areas and keep the confiscated properties for themselves. He also ordered his followers to teach children extremist doctrines to prepare them for suicide attacks.

Yassir Mohamad is the key leader among the arrested IS members. He was responsible for IS attacks on Kirkuk Province. 

Previously, the Kurdish security of Kirkuk captured some IS members that had a role in directing extremist attacks against Peshmerga front lines on the western side of the Province.

 

Reporting by Soran Kamaran and Mewan Dolamari
Editing by Ava Homa