Iraqi Forces Arrest 17 'Terrorists' in Kirkuk
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Iraqi Forces Arrest 17 'Terrorists' in Kirkuk

ERBIL — Iraqi security forces have arrested 17 "terrorists" and seized dozens of explosive devices in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk, a commander said on Saturday.

Lieutenant-General Ali Al-Freji, Commander the Joint Operations Command in Kirkuk, said in a statement that in addition to the 17 "terrorists", the forces had also arrested 60 "wanted" individuals.

The Iraqi forces also destroyed seven hideouts belonging to the Islamic State (IS), and seized seven rockets, 59 explosive devices, 24 projectiles, two explosive belts, 55 mortar rounds, and eight missiles, according to the commander.

It was not clear if the arrested individuals were members of the Islamic State.

Iraq's Federal Intelligence Agency said last Thursday that 13 IS members had been captured during separate operations carried out in Baghdad, Kirkuk, Diyala, and Wasit provinces. 12 rockets and a large amount of explosives were also seized in addition to other logistics and equipment.

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