Iraqi security forces kill four suicide bombers in Mosul

An Iraqi solider waves the “V” victory sign following a great triumph over the Islamic State group

Nineveh ( – Iraqi security forces killed on Sunday four suicide bombers, who planned to carry out separate terrorist attacks in Mosul city, a security source said.

Speaking to Al Madar news website, the source said that three suicide bombers wearing explosive belts were killed before they could blow themselves up near a security checkpoint in Badush city, west of Mosul.

The source added that another suicide bomber driving a booby-trapped vehicle was also killed in the city as he planned to target the security forces stationed there.

Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced in July 2017 liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014.

More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

The campaign was backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in Iraq in November 2017 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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