Mayor killed in armed attack, south of Mosul: Police

Masked men while carrying out an armed attack. File photo.

Nineveh ( A mayor of a town in south of Mosul has been killed in an armed attack, a police source was quoted saying on Saturday.

Speaking to BasNews, Cap. Amir Wathiq, of Nineveh Police, said “unidentified gunmen opened fire against a mayor as he left his home, leaving him immediately killed.”

The victim, according to Wathiq, was Mazahim Thamer, mayor of Hammam al- Alil region.

Security troops “cordoned off the accident spot and conducted investigations, while the victim’s body was taken to forensic medicine department in Mosul.”

A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

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