A leading member of the Islamic State group has been arrested in Turkey, a top official said Friday, refusing to confirm he was a leader of the jihadist group.
Turkey has not yet had “clear information” on whether the suspect is – as claimed in media reports – IS leader Abu Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
However, a member of the “leadership cadre” was arrested last week, the source said.
Abu Hassan was named leader of the Islamic State group in March, just over a month after his predecessor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, blew himself up during a US-led operation in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib.
Turkish authorities have not yet confirmed to the media that Abu Hassan has been arrested.
Iraq declared victory against IS in late 2017 after three years of fierce fighting in support of paramilitary forces and the US-led air force.
But IS cells still carry out hit and run attacks, especially in the vast desert areas of northern and western Iraq, near the perforated border with Syria.
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