Civilian killed by random bullet fired during clashes in Mosul’s Old City

A member of the Federal Police walks in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Mosul ( A civilian was killed by a random bullet that was fired during clashes between Islamic State militants and Iraqi troops in Mosul city.

Speaking to Shafaq News, an informed security source said, Tuesday, that a civilian was killed by a random bullet in al-Hayy al-Zera’ie, which is near to the eastern bank of Tigris River.

The bullet, according to the source, was likely to be shot during the battles in the Old City, which overlooks the western bank of the river.

Earlier on Tuesday, a civil defence officer was killed and three of his assistants were wounded in a bomb blast that occurred while searching for survivors under rubble in the Old City.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during the month of June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

Last week, Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated Iraqi forces and citizens on the victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014.

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