Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Federal Police have declared killing four suicide bombers after thwarting an attack by Islamic State militants, north of Hamam al-Alil neighborhood.
“Troops in al-Areej region, north of Hamam al-Alil confronted an attack by IS militants against our units there,” Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat, Federal Police chief, said in statements on Sunday.
“Four suicide bombers were killed, while the rest, who fled toward villages and hills, are still being followed,” he added.
Some Iraqi policemen were reportedly killed during the attack, news reports mentioned.
The group has sustained severe losses in personnel and ground since an offensive was launched in mid October to retake Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city and the militants’ last urban stronghold in the country. The U.S.-led coalition had estimated the number of remaining IS militants in Mosul by less than 1000.
In related news, military reinforcements were sent from eastern to western Mosul to take part in liberating the remaining districts still held by IS.
Al-Tahreer News quoted a military source as saying that the Joint Operations Command sent troops to Halila village to participate in liberating of northwestern districts in Mosul including Hawi al-Kanisah, al-Hermat, and Tammuz 17 and Mesherfa.
Iraqi troops currently control 4000 kilometers of the city, the U.S. State Department tweeted on Friday.