IS kills 13 civilians in western Mosul: Police

Displaced Iraqis flee their homes as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, in western Mosul, Iraq March 18, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Mosul ( 13 civilians were killed by the Islamic State militants while escaping areas controlled by the group to freed areas, west of Mosul, a source from Federal Police said on Sunday.

“13 civilians were killed while trying to escape Tamouz region heading to Bab al-Sham, western Mosul,” Colonel Khodeir Saleh told BasNews.

“IS opened fire against the civilians. Security troops were able to take the bodies then to medical centers,” he added.

Islamic State has executed hundreds of civilians and security members since it took over large areas in Iraq to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate”in 2014.

The group carried out the executions of its victims, which it proudly posted through its media, over accusations of collaboration with the Iraqi security authorities or for attempting to flee areas under its control.

Mosul is the Islamic State’s strongest stronghold in Iraq. Eastern Mosul was recaptured from IS in January, after a US-backed offensive was launched in October. A new offensive started in February to retake the west.

Retaking Mosul could ruin the Islamic State’s self-styled “Islamic Caliphate” declared in 2014 when the group occupied several parts of the country.

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