KIKRUK — A prominent Islamic State (IS) leader and a bomb expert was killed while attempting to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) on a road on the outskirts of Hawija city, southern Kirkuk Province.
A source from Kirkuk told Alsumaria News that one of the most prominent bomb experts of the IS organization, known as Mullah, and two of his aides were killed when a bomb exploded during an attempt to detonate a road on the outskirts of Hawija.
The source said that IS militants were attempting to plant a large number of roadside bombs and mines to block the advance of the Iraqi forces.
A local source in Kirkuk said on Wednesday that seven more IS leaders were killed in air strikes southwest of the province.
The Iraqi troops launched on Wednesday a new operation as part of the second phase of the Hawija operation to clear the center of the city and its surrounding areas, including Riyadh town, from the IS organization.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Friday, September 29, the launching of the second phase of Hawija liberation operation.