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Iraq captures mastermind of 2016 Islamic State terror attack that killed hundreds

Iraq arrested the man behind the infamous 2016 bomb attack in a Baghdad shopping center that left nearly 350 people dead and 250 injured.
A handout picture provided by Iraq's army spokesman Yahya Rasool's official Twitter account on Oct. 18, 2021 reportedly shows blindfolded Ghazwan Alzawbaee, the suspect behind a 2016 attack claimed by the Islamic State group that killed more than 320 in Baghdad, flanked by two armed men at un undisclosed location.

BAGHDAD — Al-Qaeda militant Ghazwan al-Zawbaee, who carried out attacks throughout Iraq on behalf of the Islamic State (IS), was captured by Iraqi security forces.

In a tweet, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi confirmed Ghazwan’s capture: "Five years after the terrorist bombing of Karrada, our brave forces succeeded in capturing the terrorist Ghazwan [al-]Zawbaee in a complex intelligence operation outside the country. He is the primary culprit behind the Karrada atrocity and many others.”

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