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IS Deputy Governor of Hawija Eliminated by Iraqi Air Force

The Iraqi War Media Cell announced the death of the Islamic State (IS) deputy governor of Hawija city, west of Kirkuk, and a number of militants in the air strikes conducted by the Iraqi Air Force on Sunday.

Based on the information of the General Directorate of Intelligence and Security, the Iraqi Air Force carried out several air strikes, resulting in the destruction of a den belonging to the IS militants.

The strikes killed a number of IS militants including the deputy governor of Hawija, according the Iraqi War Media Cell.

Moreover, the air raid destroyed 10 vehicles, a laboratory for preparing car bombs and a weapons cache belonging to the extremist group in Hawija, the statement said.

Hawija, some 30 miles west of Kirkuk, is a strategic town which has fallen into the hands of IS since mid-2014. Iraqi authorities postponed an operation to liberate the town last year, instead they moved onto central Mosul.

Kurdish authorities in Kirkuk previously warned that central Kirkuk may not be completely secured as long as IS rules the nearby town of Hawija.