Iraqi Kurdistan arrests ISIS-linked terror cell in Sulaymaniyah

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A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier passes by tires set afire days before by ISIS extremists to hinder airstrikes on November 15, 2015, in Sinjar, Iraq. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

ARA News

SULAYMANIYAH – Kurdish Counter-Terrorism special forces arrested on Tuesday a terror cell linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) in Sulaymaniyah city of Iraqi Kurdistan.

The members of the terror cell were reportedly planning to conduct a series of terrorist attacks across the Kurdistan Region. 

Sulaymaniyah’s police department said in a statement that the Counter-Terrorism special forces raided suspected houses and arrested several terrorists.

“The forces also found a large deal of explosive devices in the raided houses in central Sulaymaniyah,” the statement added. 

The members of the ISIS-linked terror cell were Arab and Kurdish jihadis recruited by ISIS, the police reported. 

Speaking to ARA News in Sulaymaniyah, a police official said that hundreds of local residents of Iraqi Kurdistan have been recruited by ISIS group over the past few years.

“We are aware of such a movement inside the Kurdistan Region, and our special forces are pursing every citizen involved in contacts with the ISIS terror group,” he said. 

Reporting by: Dilshad Muhammad

Source: ARA News

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