MOSUL — More than 250 Islamic State (IS) members were arrested in Mosul on Saturday, five days after the city was announced liberated, the Joint Operations Command reported.
According to a statement, made by the Joint Operations Command, the Iraqi forces arrested more than 250 IS militants in western Mosul, who were hiding in underground tunnels. Among the arrested members of the extremist group were also several leaders, the statement added.
The Iraqi forces also killed a large number of armed IS militants, who tried to escape the liberated city through the Tigris River earlier this week.
The Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, announced the complete liberation of Mosul on the 10 of July, nearly nine months after the start of the operation against IS. The eastern part of the city was liberated at the beginning of 2017, which then allowed the Iraqi forces, backed by the US-led coalition, to focus on the remaining central and western areas of Mosul.