It was previously reported that Daesh* affiliates had attacked a polling station in the northern Iraqi governorate of Kirkuk, injuring a police officer.
Prime Minister of Iraq Mustafa Al-Kadhimi announced on 11 October that Iraqi forces have captured the deputy of slain Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The man in custody is believed to be Sami Jasim Muhammad al-Jaburi who was earlier in charge of Daesh’s financial affairs.
“While our ISF [Iraqi security force] heroes focused on securing the elections, their INIS [Iraqi national intelligence service] colleagues were conducting a complex external operation to capture Sami Jasim”, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said on Twitter.
The situation in Iraq has been unstable due to Daesh, which lost ground in the country in 2017, but continues to stage attacks.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during a special US operation in Syria in 2019. Daesh eventually confirmed al-Baghdadi’s death and named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi as his replacement.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist organisation outlawed in Russia and many other states.