BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A government official and his brother were kidnapped Friday morning by unidentified gunmen in Diyala province, 60 km (60 miles) east of Baghdad, a police source said.
"Unidentified gunmen kidnapped the director of the Agriculture Division in the area of Saadiyah and his brother, north of Diyala province, this morning, and took them to an unknown destination," the captain of Diyala police said.
In the province of Kirkuk, a security source reported that two unidentified gunmen assassinated a lawyer south of the city.
"A lawyer was killed late on Thursday night after two gunmen attacked him in al-Uruba district, south of the city of Kirkuk," Kirkuk police captain Hamid al-Obeidi said.
He added that "the gunmen fled after they carried out the assassination."
On October 8, Iraqi forces completely recovered the Hawija district (55 km southwest of Kirkuk), which was the last bastion of the Daqash organization in the province.
But Dahedash's organization still has sleeper cells scattered throughout the country and gradually began to return to its old style of launching guerrilla-style attacks, which it used to carry out before it invaded one-third of Iraq's territory in the summer of 2014.
The organization has lost all of these territories, as a result of continuous military campaigns, carried out by Iraqi forces for three years, with the support of the US-led coalition.