Seven police personnel killed in explosion, suicide attack in Mosul

A member of the Federal Police walks in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Mosul ( Two Iraqi police personnel were killed and injured as a suicide attack targeted Mosul city, in Nineveh, a police source said on Monday.

Ihsan Haidar, of Federal Police, told Analodu “the attack was carried out by IS suicide bomber, who was wearing a suicide belt in al-Tawaleb region, in Mosul’s Old City.”

“Police managed to kill two IS militants, who launched an armed attack directly after the suicide bombing

“Some militants are still hiding in the Old City,” the source added.

In related news, a security source from Nineveh said five police personnel were killed and injured as a booby-trapped house exploded in al-Mushahada district in eastern Mosul.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “emergency troops were combing regions in al-Mushahada region in the Old City when a booby-trapped house exploded.”

“The blast left two policemen killed and three wounded, including a police captain,” the source added.

On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.

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