Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A whole family was killed by Islamic State militants after they infiltrated via Tigris river to south of Mosul city, a security source was quoted saying.
IS militants sneaked from the islands in Tigris river toward Hammam al-Alil, south of Mosul, late on Friday, the source who preferred anonymity told the Russian Sputnik agency.
The militants accessed a house of a woman who works at a hospital of Hammam al-Alil camp, the source said. They slaughtered her, along with her two sons, who are tribal fighters in Nineveh.
The islands are totally covered by thick trees, which prevents observing the sneaking militants, who have hideouts and tunnels there, the source said.
Hammam al-Alil was recaptured by Iraqi troops, backed by tribal fighters and U.S.-led Coalition in November 2016.
On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.