Statement on Japanese National detained in East Mosul

On October 27, 2016, a Japanese national, Mr. Kohsuke Tsuneoka, also known by the nom de guerre Shamil K. Tsuneoka, was detained near Mt. Zerdk, East of Mosul, for links to the Islamic State (ISIL).

An investigation by our Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) found he was in contact with ISIL members through his smartphone.

Our Security Services remained in dialogue with Japanese authorities throughout his detention about the potential charges against him. It was decided to hand over Mr. Tsuneoka to Japanese authorities.

He left through Erbil International Airport on Monday November 7, 2016.

No further statements will be made.