Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A civil defence officer was killed and three of his assistants were wounded as an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded while searching for survivors under rubble in the Old City of Mosul, the Iraqi police said on Tuesday.
During his search for survivors and bodies under rubble in Mosul’s Old City, Lieutenant Qusay Saad, an elite officer, died when an IED blasted, killing three of his assistants, UAE’s news website, 24, reported.
On July 10, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory in the city of Mosul, ending an eight-month campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces, which has displaced more than 900.000 civilians.
The victory in Mosul also means an effective collapse of the Islamic State’s self-styled “caliphate” declared from Mosul’s Old City by the group’s supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State terror group who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members’ deaths.
Hundreds of civilians died in security, coalition and IS strikes in Mosul since opreations launched in October.