Iraqi forces arrest 10 gunmen in Kirkuk

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An Iraqi army force with police support on Monday (January 28th) arrested 10 suspected Ansar al-Sunna gunmen in Kirkuk province, the Iraqi Defence Ministry said Tuesday.

"The army launched an attack on a group hideout in the Riyadh area, and on five houses in Wadi Houran" and arrested the gunmen, ministry spokesman Col. Dhia al-Wakeel told Al-Shorfa.

The detainees had weapons and shoulder-mounted rockets, as well as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines in their possession, he said.

"The group, which represents an active cell, was arrested after months of monitoring and surveillance," he said. "They acted as a link between al-Qaeda and Ansar al-Sunna in northern Iraq."

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