Iraq: Attacks, airstrike kill dozens incl civilians in Mosul

18th May 2017
Iraq: Attacks, airstrike kill dozens incl civilians in Mosul

By Mohamed Walid and Serhad Shaker

 

NINEVEH, Iraq (AA): Dozens of people were killed and scores injured in a spate of suicide bombings and a coalition airstrike in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul on Wednesday, according to security officials.

A bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle at a group of anti-terrorism forces in al-Refai, north-west of Mosul, killing three soldiers, federal police officer Uday al-Saeedi told Anadolu Agency.

He said four policemen and three anti-terrorism soldiers were also killed in two car-bomb attacks in al-Auraibi, north-west of Mosul.

Meanwhile, 25 civilians were killed in a U.S.-led coalition raid in western Mosul, according to Iraqi officer Sadoun Fahd.

He said the airstrike targeted a group of Daesh militants in the city’s western side. “The militants were preparing to carry out an attack against Iraqi forces in al-Refai district,” he said.

He said nine women and three children were among the victims of the attack.

There was no comment from either the U.S.-led coalition or Iraqi forces about the report.

Iraqi forces, backed by air cover provided by a U.S.-led coalition, are currently engaged in a massive offensive aimed at driving Daesh out of Mosul, the terrorist group’s last stronghold in northern Iraq.

[Photo: Civilians, fled from al-Rifai neighborhood arrive in the retaken Iraqi army controlled Maghrib neighborhood as the operation to retake Mosul from Daesh terrorists as the clashes between Iraqi Army and Daesh terrorists continue in other areas, in Mosul, Iraq on May 16, 2017. Photographer: Muhabiri Hemn Baban/AA]

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