Islamic State officers behind Baghdad bombing killed, prime minister says

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Feb 4, 2021

Two Islamic State officers who allegedly facilitated final month’s double suicide bombing in a crowded Baghdad market have been killed, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi says.

Abu Hassan al-Gharibawi, commander of IS forces in southern Iraq, and Ghanem Sabah Jawad, who had a job in transporting suicide bombers, had been killed in an airstrike west of Baghdad on Tuesday near Abu Ghraib, Kadhimi stated on Twitter the identical day.

The airstrike was carried out by the US-led worldwide coalition to defeat IS on intelligence gathered by Iraqi authorities, Iraq’s Security Media Cell stated. Members of an infantry unit from Iraq’s 17th Division later arrived on the scene and reportedly discovered suicide vests among the many our bodies.

Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool, a spokesman for Kadhimi on army issues, stated Gharibawi — also called Jabbar Ali Fayyad — supervised the Jan. 21 twin suicide bombings at Tayaran Square which killed greater than 30 individuals and wounded greater than 110. Jawad “was responsible for transporting the suicide terrorists,” Rasool stated.

The two are the most recent senior IS officers killed by the worldwide coalition since final month’s bombings.

The man believed to have been IS’ high chief in Iraq, Abu Yasser al-Issawi, was killed final week within the Wadi al-Shay space exterior Kirkuk. Iraq’s Counterterrorism Service had at first stated Iraqi troopers had shot him in an operation involving the US-led coalition. The coalition later stated Issawi was killed in an airstrike.

The killings come after Kadhimi vowed to crack down on safety lapses and search out the remnants of IS following final month’s bloodbath in Baghdad. The capital has loved relative safety from IS assaults in recent times for the reason that authorities declared victory over IS in 2017.