A suspect billed as "a leading al-Qaeda figure" was killed Tuesday (October 30th) in a clash with the Iraqi army in Ninawa, the province's military command spokesperson Lt. Col. Abdul Rahim al-Atwani told Al-Shorfa.
"A military force tried to arrest Yasser Khalaf after he entered the area from a neighbouring country," al-Atwani said. "However, he refused to surrender and clashed with army troops. As a result, he was killed and three soldiers were wounded."
"Khalaf was involved in many terrorist attacks in Mosul and a number of other cities," he said.
The force found weapons and a few explosives in his possession, al-Atwani added. They were apparently used for Khalaf's personal protection, "not for carrying out terrorist attacks".