Eight killed, five wounded as IS fire mortar missiles in western Mosul

Damage following a mortar shelling.

Mosul ( Eight civilians were killed, while five others were wounded as five mortar missiles were shot by Islamic State against western Mosul regions, source from Federal Police said on Saturday.

“Eight civilians were killed, while five others were wounded as IS militants fired mortar missiles against al-Zanjili district,” Cap. Adel Haidar told BasNews.

The militants, according to Haidar, “began targeting Zanjili after being kicked out from al-Shifa district as well as the Grand Nuri al-Kabeer mosque,” he added.

Meanwhile, Col. Khaled al-Jawari, from the Joint Operations Command, said a weapon stash was found, while civilians held by the fighters were liberated in al-Shifa district in western Mosul.

“The Rapid Response troops, which accompany Federal Police forces on al-Shifa district where confrontations are taking place, seized a huge weapon stash with dozens of mortar missiles as well as locally-manufactured rockets and other explosives,” he added.

“Ten civilians kidnapped by the militants from Zanjili were freed,” he told BasNews.

“Troops are slowly advancing toward al-Shifa to protect lives of citizens in the region,” he said.

Earlier on Saturday, the Iraqi government forces recaptured Zanjili district in western Mosul, leaving only one district in Islamic State’ grip before reaching its strategic stronghold in the Old City neighborhood.

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

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