Mosul (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State leader was killed on Thursday at al-Shefaa district while destroying an IS headquarters in western Mosul, the military intelligence service has declared.
“The international coalition fighter jets have killed IS leader called Abu Luqman al-Aafri in al-Shefaa district, located near al-Najjar district in western Mosul,” the service said in statements. “The jets also bombarded a headquarter for the group in the same area.”
Earlier on Thursday, Iraqi army said that only four districts were remaining to recapture the western flank of the city from the Islamic State.
In the Old City, Federal Police previously announced the troops approach by 300 meters toward the Grand Nuri al-Kabir mosque, killing dozens of Islamic State militants.
The militant group has lost dozens of its leaders since the start of western Mosul operations.
Eastern Mosul was retaken in January after three months of battles between Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition and the paramilitary troops. A major offensive was launched in February to recapture the western side.
Iraqi troops were said to be in control over 4000 kilometers of the city, according to the U.S. State Department last week.
Coalition officials had estimated the number of remaining IS militants in Mosul by less than 1000.