The Wasit police announced Friday (December 7th) it arrested nine suspected al-Qaeda gunmen in a security operation carried out in the north of the province.
"The intelligence-based operation included several raids and house searches in al-Sewara district, north of al-Kut, capital of Wasit province," provincial police chief Maj. Gen. Hussein Habbouba told Al-Shorfa.
"We found evidence indicating their involvement in recently-launched attacks in the province," he said. The suspects have belonged "to al-Qaeda since 2008".
Habbouba said the detainees were taken to a security detention facility for investigation, pending their referral to the Iraqi judiciary.