A force from the Iraqi Interior Ministry's counter-terrorism agency on Monday (February 11th) arrested five gunmen in a raid in Diyala province, the ministry said.
"Intelligence obtained by security forces led to the arrest of the gunmen, including two prominent leaders, at a rented residential building in central al-Saadiya, north of Baqubah," Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier-general Saad Maan told Al-Shorfa.
The force found 37 hand grenades, 14 light and medium machine guns and maps showing military sites and important Iraqi oil facilities in the suspects' possession, Maan said.
The force believes the gunmen, who are suspected of being al-Qaeda members, were planning to target the facilities, he added.
The men are now being interrogated at a police station and will be referred to the court system once their statements have been taken, he said.