Baghdad, IRAQ – Two Iraqi mayors were killed on Monday night in separate armed attacks believed to be carried out by Islamic State (IS) militants in Diyala province, government sources were quoted as saying.
Speaking to Alghad Press Tuesday, the sources said, “The mayor of Umm al-Henta village in northeastern Diyala was killed alongside his son after six armed men knocked the door of his house on Monday night.”
His daughter was also wounded in the shooting, the sources pointed out, Iraqi News reports.
In a subsequent armed attack, the sources said, “Armed men opened fire at the mayor of al-Arab al-Kabira village, northeast of Diyala, leaving him dead.”
The culprits behind the two attacks are believed to be members of the Islamic State group, the sources noted.
Earlier RIGHT WING TRIBUNE reported that eighteen Islamic State members, including foreign leaders, were killed in a security operation, south of Mosul.
“Iraqi troops killed, today, 18 ISIS members, including two Russian nationals and a Turkish members, during an operation against Kan’ous village in Hammam al-Alil region, south of Mosul,” Brig. Gen. Mohamed al-Jabouri, official spokesperson for the Nineveh Operations Command, said.
Moreover, Jabouri said troops confiscated missiles at the rest houses of ISIS in Owainat village on borders with Syria, Iraqi News reports.
On Sunday, Maj.Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, said troops arrested five IS members in al-Tanak district, west of Mosul, while two others were arrested in ambushes set in Qayyarah and Hammam al-Alil regions, south of Mosul.
Iraqi cities have seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.
Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State is expected to be behind many.
The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over 3 million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Meanwhile RIGHT WING TRIBUNE reported that Iraqi authorities have arrested a chemist linked with Palestinian faction of Hamas on his way back from Turkey, a website close to the Palestinian armed group reported quoting his relatives.
Taha al-Jubouri was arrested upon his arrival to Baghdad International Airport, after he was surprisingly deported from Turkey, Quds Press reported.
According to the website, Iraqi intelligence agents interrogated Jubouri at a nearby prison facility.
Jubouri, 64, an Iraqi, was apprehended in Philippines’ capital Manila for entry documentation issues, after which he left to Istanbul in January, where he resided legally with his wife, Iraqi News reports.
In January, Philippines authorities said they arrested Jubouri who appeared to have been involved in the manufacturing of rockets fired by Hamas on Israel. The authorities said, however, his deportation was purely for visa issues.
Israel has regularly launched airstrikes on Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Tel Aviv has accused Hamas of firing rockets targeting its settlements.
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