Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A civilian was killed on Wednesday as an improvised explosive device (IED) from the Islamic State’s (IS) war remnants exploded in the Old City of Mosul, Shafaaq News reported.
A security source told Shafaaq News that an IED exploded in Bab Sinjar area in the Old City of Mosul, leaving one man dead.
The source added that another man was wounded in another explosion in al-Mashahda area, east of Mosul.
The Iraqi government declared victory over Islamic State militants in western Mosul last month, saying it concluded more than eight months of battles to recapture the city which the militants held as the capital of their self-styled “caliphate” since 2014. The eastern side of the city was retaken late January.
Following the declaration of victory, Iraqi forces have been in efforts to comb the recaptured areas for remnant IS cells, countering occasional attacks by the group and arresting many hiding among civilian refugees.
IS lost more than 250.000 fighters in the Mosul campaign, according to Iraqi commanders.
The group still holds a few holdouts in Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Anbar, all the targets for future offensives by the Iraqi forces, the U.S.-led coalition and pro-government paramilitary troops.