ISIS has claimed responsibility for the assassination of an Iraqi parliamentary candidate who was shot dead late on Sunday evening in his home, near the city of Mosul. Farouk Zarzour was shot in his village of al-Lazaka but security officials disputed the Isis claim and instead say they are treating the shooting as a politically motivated murder. Zarzour's brother, along with eight other people, have been arrested in connection with the shooting. Zarzour was an advisor to parliamentary speaker Salim al-Jabouri.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for several attacks that never happened. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared nationwide victory over Islamic State in December, five months after his forces recaptured Mosul in a protracted battle with the jihadist militants. ISIS, however, continues to carry out bombings, assassinations and ambushes in different areas of Iraq and remains active in neighbouring Syria.
ISIS militants have threatened to carry out attacks ahead of the elections and have also warned Sunni Arabs not to participate.