A group of gunmen broke into the Islamic State’s (ISIS) Hisba police department in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province and killed a number of ISIS militants, including the ISIS security chief Abu Ayoub.
Informed sources reported that the ISIS security headquarters in the Baaj district of Nineveh province was attacked by a group of unknown gunmen on Sunday.
“Five security members were killed in the attack, including Mahmoud Sulaiman al-Muslih, also known as Abu Ayoub, the ISIS chief of security in the Baaj district,” head of Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News.
Subsequent to the attack, clashes broke out between the gunmen and ISIS militants in Baaj.
“Two of the gunmen were killed in the clashes, while the others were able to escape the clashes area,” local media activist Ali Saddawi told ARA News, adding that the gunmen had infiltrated into the Hisba police department “mainly to assassinate Abu Ayoub”.
“The target was known for torturing prisoners in ISIS detention centres across Nineveh. He was promoted by the group to the position of security chief for his strong ties with the ISIS’s leadership in Iraq,” the source said.
In the meantime, ISIS militants imposed a curfew in the Baaj district and installed new security checkpoints on Sunday in a bid to capture the attackers.