Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) More than 30 Islamic State militants were killed in landmines explosions thought to be caused by violent rainfalls at the town of Tal Afar as al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces prepare to storm another strategic ISIS stronghold.
A security source said heavy rains caused tens of landmines planted by the extremist group northwest of Tal Afar to explode, also submerging militants barracks. Rains also led to the explosion of a landmines cache, killing 32 militants.
The source said artillery forces are preparing to target ISIS havens making use of the weather conditions.
Al-Hashed al-Shaabi forces spokesperson said Thursday that the militia started to encircle the town of Tal Abta, Mosul, preparing to storm it and engage with Islamic State militants.
Ahmed al-Assadi said the militia is on the outskirts of Tal Abta, surrounding it from all directions except for the southern area. He predicted to invade the town on Thursday or Friday.
Assadi said information obtained by al-Hashd al-Shaabi reveal that ISIS members had fled the area after setting fire to their barracks and important archives.
The anticipated siege on Tal Abta is hoped to totally isolate the town of Tal Afar.