Iraqi officials said on Monday that the mastermind of the bloody 2016 bombing in Baghdad’s Karrada district, which killed about 300 people and wounded 250 others, was arrested.
The terrorist attack that targeted a shopping center in Karrada was considered the deadliest bombing in the Iraqi capital since the US invasion in 2003.
Two Iraqi intelligence officials said that the man, identified as Ghazwan al-Zawba’i, an Iraqi national, was arrested in a precise operation carried out in cooperation with a neighboring country. The two officials did not mention her name, according to the Associated Press.
The man had been monitored and tracked for months, according to Iraqi intelligence.
Two officials told “Associated Press” that al-Zoba’i was arrested in a foreign country – he did not specify his name – and he was extradited to Iraq two days ago.
The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the operation to the media.
Al-Zobaie, 29, was an al-Qaeda terrorist when the Americans arrested him in Iraq and put him in Cropper detention, then he escaped from Abu Ghraib prison in 2013.
And then Al-Zobi, known as “Abu Obeida”, joined the terrorist organization ISIS
The two officials said that al-Zobaie planned several attacks in Iraq, the deadliest of which was the Karrada bombing in 2016.
At least 292 people were killed in the terrorist bombing, and most of them died due to the fire that broke out after the bombing and turned Al-Hadi Mall into a living hell.
The fire fed a row of wooden shops lined with combustible panels that were filled with clothes and oily perfumes.
Al-Zobaie’s arrest came in the second operation of its kind carried out by the Iraqi intelligence service since the Iraqi elections that took place on the tenth of October.
Iraqi officials said they arrested Sami Jassem, an ISIS leader in Iraq, last Monday in a similar operation abroad.
The US State Department’s Rewards for Justice program had announced a reward of five million dollars for the arrest of Jassem, which the program said had an “essential role in managing the financial affairs of ISIS terrorist operations