Police kill Islamic State suicide bomber south of Mosul

Explosive belt (Representational photo).

Mosul ( Iraqi Federal Police forces killed an Islamic State suicide bomber on Wednesday before carrying out an attack in southern Mosul, according to an officer.

Shafaaq news website quoted the officer saying the militant, wearing an explosive belt, tried to sneak into Hammam al-Alil region, coming from Qabr al-Abd village.

He revealed that police members went on a search for four other suicide bombers who made it into the area late Tuesday.

Hammam al-Alil, southern Mosul

Iraqi government forces launched an offensive to retake western Mosul in February, having recaptured the eastern side of the city earlier in January after three months of battles.

Iraqi commanders said earlier this month that Islamic State members were only in control over less than seven percent of territory in Iraq. A U.S.-led coalition backing the Iraqi campaign said there were less than 1000 fighters in the city as the extremist group kept losing several leaders.

Though facing nearly 100.000 government and coalition troops, IS militants proved to be a hard catch due to their deployment in the middle of civilians, a tactic which Iraqi and coalition generals say caused a slowdown in ground progress due to their anxiousness to preserve the safety of citizens who are believed to be used as human shields.

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