Iraq's Interior Ministry on Thursday (September 19th) reported an unprecedented increase in the number of phone calls civilians make to tell police about suspected criminals and terrorist operations.
The number of phone calls made to hotlines dedicated to receiving terrorism-related notifications has increased by 40% in comparison to the figure from August, Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Assadi told Al-Shorfa.
"We have received about 180 phone calls from citizens since early September," he said. "This helped us arrest 28 suspects wanted in connection with terrorism charges, including prominent al-Qaeda leaders, and thwart 13 terrorist attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs), sticky bombs and car bombs before they could be carried out in different areas of the country."
Citizens received rewards of up to 50 million Iraqi dinars ($43,000) for the information, he said, adding that the ministry is committed to keep the caller's identity confidential.