Mosul (Iraqinews.com) – A senior leader with the Popular Mobilization Forces was killed on Wednesday after unidentified gunmen stormed his house in Mosul, a security source was quoted saying.
“Unknown gunmen stormed the house of Abu Hashem al-Badrani at Abu Jarada village in Mosul, killing him and two of his bodyguards,” the source said.
“The assistants fled the scene into al Jazira region after the attack,” he added.
On Monday, four policemen were reportedly killed as Islamic State militants attacked a police patrol in al-Yaarabiya district, west of Mosul.
On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.
Since the city was declared free, security troops continue to comb western Mosul areas for hidden IS cells. Despite the victory over IS there in the city, observers say IS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.
A government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition, has been fighting the Islamic State group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.