Eleven Iraqi soldiers killed in a booby-trapped house blast in western Mosul

Iraqi rapid response members move from house to house through a hole in a wall to avoid being hit by Islamic State snipers in western Mosul, Iraq March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra – RTS124MA

Mosul ( Eleven Iraqi soldiers were killed, while seven others were wounded due to an explosion of a booby-trapped house in western Mosul district.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Cap. Sabhan Wali, of Rapid Response forces, said, “eleven personnel of the Interior Ministry’s Federal police and Rapid Response troops were killed earlier on Wednesday in a blast of a booby-trapped house in al-Zanjili district, in western Mosul.”

Explosive experts, according to Wali, were accompanying the personnel who invaded Zanjili to comb areas that were liberated, when the house was blown up.

Earlier on the day, news reports mentioned that IS members booby-trapped houses of the civilians who fled toward security troops. They also stole their properties and cars to block the streets and blow them up to hamper advance of the troops.

On Monday, Federal Police declared troops aimed again at the strategic Old City from the southern entrances, reopening an old front after they have been sweeping through northwestern neighborhoods over the past few weeks in a way to invade the strategic Old City.

The eastern side of Mosul was retaken in January after three months of battles. Another major offensive was launched in February to recapture the western flank of the city.

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