Mosul (IraqiNews.com) People in Mosul have found six Islamic State militants’ corpses buried under their houses, security sources were quoted saying on Wednesday.
Alghad Press quoted a source at Iraqi Federal Police saying that “people who returned to clean up their houses in Mosul’s Old City found three corpses of Daesh (Islamic State) militants under debris”. The source did not specify the neighborhood were the dead bodies were discovered.
Thousands of Islamic State militants and Iraqi civilians were killed since Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S-led coalition, launched an offensive to clear IS-held regions, starting with Mosul in October 2016.
The campaign for Mosul lasted for more than eight months and managed to liberate the city in July.
Iraq declared a final military victory over IS in November.
As Iraqi forces gradually took over in Mosul, relief teams regularly ran into dead bodies of civilians buried under wrecks of homes devastated by the encounters between Iraqi forces and militants.
More than 25000 IS members were estimated to have been killed during the campaign for Mosul.
Mosul was the place from where IS supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed the establishment of the group’s rule in Iraq and Syria.