Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Islamic State executed on Tuesday three fighters belonging to al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in the Imam Gharbi village in al-Qayara neighborhood, southern Mosul, a local source told Shafaaq News.
Elements of the IS sneaked into the Imam Gharbi village during the past few days through Shirqat, Salahuddin, and managed to cross the Tigris river.
Security forces continue to surround the area in preparation for restoring it from the terror group.
“The IS’ elements stormed a number of houses in the Imam Gharbi village and arrested a number of civilians on charges of cooperation and communication with government agencies,” the source said, noting that three fighters of al-Hashd al-Shaabi were executed in front of their families.
On Sunday, a security source said that IS still controls 60% of the Imam Gharbi village, which was liberated several months ago.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared Monday the end of Islamic State’s dominance over Mosul, celebrating an end of the group’s three-year rule in Iraq’s second largest city and the group’s formerly-proclaimed capital.
Al-Hashd al-Shaabi has been actively engaged in the government’s campaign against IS that ran since mid October, and contributed to the campaign by regaining control over IS holdouts near he Syrian borders.