Iraqi couple wounded in house bomb explosion in Mosul

An Iraqi family passes through a residential area devastated by the anti-Islamic State war

Nineveh ( – An Iraqi couple was wounded Wednesday in a house bomb explosion in Mosul city, a security source was quoted as saying.

“An explosive charge planted by Islamic State militants inside a house in the Old City of Mosul went off, injuring a man and his wife, who arrived at the city earlier to inspect their home,” the source told Knooz Media.

“A security force rushed to the blast site and carried the couple to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source said, stressing that thousands of landmines planted by Islamic State militants in the Old City are still posing a threat to residents.

On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

Since the city was declared free, security troops continue to comb western Mosul areas for hidden IS cells. Despite the victory over IS in the city, observers say Islamic State is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.

In November, Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.

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