At least 12 ISIS militants were killed in Iraqi airstrikes in northern Iraq, according to an Iraqi military officer on Tuesday.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Army Major Saad Mohamed said pro-government Hashd al-Shaabi forces launched a security operation to hunt down ISIS militants in the area between the provinces of Kirkuk, Saladin and Nineveh.
He said ISIS militants were spotted by helicopter gunships while fleeing the area.
“The helicopters shelled the fleeing militants, killing 12 of them,” he said.
Meanwhile, security forces detained a senior ISIS militant on a road linking Kirkuk to the capital Baghdad, according to Police Capt. Hamed al-Obaidi.
“The militant was involved in killing dozens of civilians and soldiers in the area over the past weeks,” he said.
Last December, officials in Baghdad declared that the ISIS terrorist group's military presence in Iraq had been all but dismantled. It appears the notorious terrorist group, however, still maintains "sleeper cells" in certain parts of the country.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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