Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants rockets killed and wounded students and teachers in eastern Mosul Thursday as the extremist group continues to target areas it lost to security forces over the last months.
Colonel Khodeir Saleh, from the Joint Operations Command, told Bas News that two student girls were killed and others were wounded, including teachers, when Kateyusha missiles, fired by IS, landed on their school in al-Jazair district in eastern Mosul.
Ambulances rushed to carry the casualties to hospital, the security officer said.
Iraqi government forces drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul late January after three months of fighting that left at least 3000 militants dead, and are preparing to cross the Tigris River to the western section where militants are well-entrenched. IS, however, has waged several attacks on the eastern areas over the past weeks, killing civilians and security personnel.
Also on Thursday, security forces managed to deactivate more than 200 explosive devices in al-Houd village, near the southern Mosul town of Qayyara, according to a report by Baghdad Times. They said stashes of grenades and rocket launchers were also discovered.
Iraqi and international coalition generals predict the city to be fully recaptured within six months.