IS rockets kill school student in east Mosul, unknown rockets kill 8 in west

Member of the Islamic State group prepares a mortar shell to attack people in Mosul.

Nineveh ( Rockets launched by Islamic State militants on Thursday killed a school student in eastern, while other rockets from a yet unknown source killed eight in the west.

Shafaaq News website quoted medical and security sources saying a student was killed and five others were wounded by rockets launched on al-Muthanna district in eastern Mosul.

Iraqi troops recaptured eastern Mosul from IS on January 24th after three months of battles, but the extremist group had used to attack areas it lost to security forces, leading to security and civilian deaths on several occasions. Security generals said recently they foiled several attempts by the militants to cross the Tigris River into eastern Mosul to carry out attacks against the forces.

In western Mosul, Anadolu Agency quoted local and medical sources saying eight civilians were killed and 16 others were wounded when rockets launched from the security-controlled eastern region landed on a popular marketplace.

Mohamed Gamal, a resident of Bab al-Toub, told the agency that several mortar missiles landed on the dense area, leaving casualties and destroying several stores.

Since retaking eastern Mosul, Iraqi government forces have been awaiting orders from the supreme military command, headed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, to invade IS strongholds in western Mosul.

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