IS kills seven, wounds three civilians in shelling north of Mosul

People wounded after armed attack on a police checkpoint in Najaf

Mosul ( Thirteen civilians were killed and injured in a shelling by Islamic State, north of Mosul, located 400 KM north of Baghdad, a police officer from Nineveh province said on Tuesday.

“Seven civilians were killed, 13 others were injured in a shelling by IS militants against Al-Majmoua al-Thaqafiya area, North of Mosul,” Captain Jasem Mohamed told BasNews.

“The militants fired the missiles from the western side of Mosul,” he added.

On Monday, the militants fired three rockets on al-Hadba area, east of Mosul, killing four civilians and wounding six others, according to Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Abdel Aziz al-Numani. Initial reports revealed that the casualties suffered suffocation and burns caused by the toxic chlorine gas.

In February, an offensive was launched by Iraqi troops, backed by the U.S.- led coalition to retake Eastern Mosul, after the western side was recaptured from IS in January, following operations that were launched in October.

The existence of civilians at battlefields is believed to be one reason behind the slowdown of operations at some stages.

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

Battles in the west are believed to be much more difficult due to the density of residential areas and the high number of civilians.

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