Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) Unknown gunmen killed five Islamic State militants at an enclave which is still under the group’s control west of Mosul, according to a security source.
The source said in a press statement, reported by Waradana news website, saying that the gunmen were boarding three pickup trucks attacked an IS checkpoint in central Tal Afar.
The attack threw the militants into confusion, but they did not take any action attackers since many of their superior leaders had already fled the town, according to the source.
Islamic State militants have been losing personnel and ground since Iraqi government forces, backed a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, launched an offensive in October to retake the city. Forces recaptured the eastern side of the city in January and are close to totally recapture the western side.
Occasional reports have been made about anonymous attacks targeting IS members inside and outside Mosul since the launch of the offensive, especially at Tal Afar, where the group has reportedly been struck with divisions and infighting over leadership and field defeats.
IS has been holding Tal Afar since 2014, and paramilitary troops, Popular Mobilization, have cleared most of areas around the enclave near the Syrian borders, and occasionally announce they await government orders to invade it.