Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An Iraqi elder and his grandson were killed in western Mosul in an explosion caused by a bomb dropped from an Islamic State-guided drone, a local source said Friday.
The septuagenarian and his grandson were passing through Bab al-Toub region in western Mosul when a drone flown by the extremist group dropped a bomb in the area, the source told Alsumaria News, adding that several civilians had died and were wounded as drones dropped small bombs on residential areas.
Islamic State is still holding most of western Mosul as Iraqi forces are a few districts away from declaring the eastern region free from the extremist group.
Iraqi government forces, backed by a popular militias and a US-led military coalition, have entered a third month of military operations to retake the city, claiming to have killed more than 3000 militants since then. Militants have reportedly begun to flee the eastern side to the west.
The conflict in Mosul has forced at least 178.000 to leave their homes to refugee camps since the launch of operations, but IS has targeted civilians attempting to flee areas it has held since its emergence in 2014. The United Nations fears operations will displace at least one million people.