A mysterious veiled woman packing a pistol has been striking fear in the heart of the Islamic State (ISIS) as she killed two more jihadis in Iraq early this week, befuddling ISIS fighters who have been hunting her down.
The slippery female assassin gunned down the two ISIS militants while they were standing at a checkpoint in the town of Sharqat. "The incident surprised the organisation and forced them to issue an alert of similar attacks," Iraqi News reported.
The woman was reported to have gunned down another ISIS militant a few days earlier in Mosul.
Later this week, CNN reported that a 39-year-old housewife in Iraq had beheaded ISIS fighters, cooked their heads and posted their pictures on her Facebook page.
It could not be determined whether the mysterious veiled female assassin reported by Iraqi News is the same woman fighter reported by CNN.
The woman in the CNN report, identified as Wahida Mohamed, told reporters that she leads a tribal militia and has been fighting ISIS for years.
"I fought them. I beheaded them. I cooked their heads, I burned their bodies," Wahida, also known as Um Hanadi, told CNN. "This is all documented. You can see it on my Facebook page," added Hanadi, who is armed with a Beretta 9-millimeter pistol.
She said she leads a force of around 70 men in the area of Sharqat in Salah al-Din province, a town 50 miles south of Mosul.
Hanadi, the mother of two daughters, says she started fighting ISIS in 2004, working with government and coalition forces.
She said she is at the top of the ISIS most wanted list and has received numerous death threats.
Hanadi said she went underground after the militants killed her first and second husbands, her father and three brothers.
ISIS extremists also tried to kill her at least six times this year, she said. "I have shrapnel in my head and legs, and my ribs were broken," she revealed.
Meanwhile, Iraqi News received a report on Thursday that a woman killed an ISIS militant who tried to abduct her daughter near Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.
"A woman from a village near Hawija attacked an ISIS militant, who was trying to kidnap her 9-year-old daughter," said a press statement from Iraqi commander Jabbar Mamouri.
"The woman fled with her children before the arrival of a force belonging to ISIS, which burned her house and carried out a search operation," Mamouri added. "