Iraqi military denies people killed in explosions in Mosul

An IED explosion. File photo.

Baghdad ( The Iraqi military has denied news on murder of more than twenty persons due to bomb blasts that took place in Mosul, saying measures will be taken against whoever promotes for rumors.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Security Media Center, said “lies by some media channels are still ongoing. Some of these outlets reported that three booby-trapped houses exploded in al-Shahwan region in the Old City of Mosul, which left 27 people killed as explosive experts were unable to detonate them. The news were attributed to a policeman from the media department of Nineveh police called Ahmed al-Obeidi.”

The center denied “presence of an officer with that name or title,” adding that “these news are fabricated and untrue that seek affecting Iraqi people.”

“Legal measures will be taken against those who promote for these news in collaboration with security services,” it added.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, the group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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