Nineveh, IRAQ – A mayor of a town south of Mosul has been killed in an armed attack, according to local police authorities.
Speaking to BasNews, Cap. Amir Wathiq, of Nineveh Police, said “unidentified gunmen opened fire against a mayor as he left his home, leaving him immediately killed.”
The victim, according to Wathiq, was Mazahim Thamer, mayor of Hammam al- Alil region, Iraqi News reports.
Security troops “cordoned off the accident spot and conducted investigations, while the victim’s body was taken to forensic medicine department in Mosul.”
Meanwhile Iraqi fighter jets bombed the houses of twelve Islamic State members, including a prominent leader, southwest of Kirkuk, a security source from the province said on Friday.
“Federal police troops, backed by army jets, started operations to target the terrorists havens, southwest of Kirkuk,” the source told AlSumaria News. “The troops destroyed, in the evening, six rest houses of ISIS and killed four militants in al-Rashad town.”
The army jets, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “targeted one of the havens near al-Zab region, west of Kirkuk, leaving eight militants, including a prominent leader, killed.”
On Tuesday, the Security Media Center said Federal Police troops managed to killed five prominent Islamic State members who took part in the attack against a village in southwest of Kirkuk.
Yesterday we reported that the U.S.-led Coalition has carried out an airstrike against the border region with Iraq in Syria’s southern Hasaka in an attempt to arrest Islamic State’s supreme leader, according to Syrian local sources.
The airstrike, according to Syrian media channels, was carried out early on Thursday against the border strip with Iraq to arrest abu Bakr al-Baghad. Heavy shooting occurred in the region.
The U.S. Coalition troops managed to arrest a prominent IS leader, the sources said without confirming if the troops arrested Baghdadi or if the arrested militant managed to run away.
Earlier this month, Iraqi security said Baghdadi is likely to be hiding in Syrian region near borders with Iraq.
And in Baghdad, Iraqi warplanes carried out an airstrike on an Islamic State (IS) command center inside Syria, the Joint Operations Command was quoted as saying Monday, Iraqi News reports.
“Acting on intelligence reports, the Iraqi F-16 warplanes destroyed a building used by the IS group as a command and logistics support center in southern al-Deshisha area in Syria,” the command said in a statement.
The air raid was launched upon directives by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the statement read. No further details were given, but the center said more information about the result of the airstrike will be released later.
The Iraqi air force has already carried out several air strikes against Islamic State in Syria since last year, with the approval of the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad and the US-led coalition fighting ISIS.
Iraq had previously announced launching airstrikes against ISIS locations in Syria. This came after Abadi said security troops will follow ISIS militants in the whole region, not only in Iraq.
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.
A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.
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 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.