SULAIMANI – A man was arrested over writing slogans of Ansar al-Islam radical group on the walls of Kheli Hama “martyrs” monument in Sulaimani’s Sharazur district, said Asayish on Tuesday (February 9).
The incident will be dealt as a terrorism crime and the suspect has been detained following an arrest warrant by Sharazur investigative court according to “third article of terrorism,” Asayish added.
According to a statement by Sharazur Asayish, the suspect confessed to writing pro-Ansar al-Islam slogans, and has been radicalized.
“The suspect said he adopted radicalized thoughts from extremist speeches, believing that sculptures and pictures are against Islam,” Asayish’s statement added.
Ansar al-Islam is an insurgent group in Iraq and Syria. It was established in the Kurdistan Region by former al-Qaeda members in 2001 in villages it controlled around Biyara to the northeast of Halabja, near the Iranian border.
The group was a designated terrorist organization in the United Nations, Australia, Canada, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and a known affiliate of the al-Qaeda network.