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Kurdish Forces Detain ISIS Militants behind Iraq’s Kirkuk Attack, Kill Ringleader

Security forces in Iraq's Kurdistan region announced that they had arrested several ISIS militants responsible for the last Friday's deadly attack in Kirkuk city.

"ISIL terrorists behind the Kirkuk attack were arrested during an operation by Counter-Terrorism Department in coordination with the local security and intelligence forces, the Kurdistan Security Council said in a statement, ARA News reported.

The Kurdistan Security Council also said that the ISIS commander in Kirkuk was killed while resisting arrest.

Abu Qudama, a senior ISIL military figure in Haweija, led the group responsible for Friday's attack. He was killed in a firefight, the council said.

Last week, ISIS militants managed to infiltrate 17km behind the Peshmerga's defensive lines.

They reportedly snuck into Kirkuk city through a security gap between Bashir and Daqur. The militants then divided into small teams which assaulted security buildings and a power station.

According to Kirkuk's Governor, Najmiddin Karim, more than 70 ISIL militants died in the attack after they ran into determined resistance. Kurdish Peshmerga have been withdrawn from Nineveh Governorate's frontlines to reinforce security in Kirkuk.

Source: Al Alam

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