A Kurdish cleric from Iraqi Kurdistan capital Erbil, who became the face of Kurds joining Islamic State (IS), has been killed in the southern Kirkuk Province town of Hawija in northern Iraq.
A source from the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) told BasNews on Tuesday that in a covert mission, with the support of US-led coalition forces, they killed the Kurdish mullah who left Erbil to join IS earlier this year.
The source who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the July 28th KRSC mission was able to track down mullah Shwan in Hawija, after monitoring his movements and his house for the last few days.
On Tuesday at 5:38 PM, after mullah Shwan left home and joined vehicle full of IS militants, the Kurdish operatives opened fire, killing all inside.
The KRSC confirmed the death of the mullah and further details will be released soon.
Mullah Shwan hailed from the Erbil suburb of Daratu. He became the face of Kurdish IS militants after joining the terror group earlier this year on the Kirkuk frontline. He interrogated Peshmerga prisoners who had been captured by IS militants in January this year, on camera in February.