Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – Three Iraqi policemen were found dead Tuesday in Mosul city, where the Islamic State group established its self-proclaimed caliphate, a security official from Nineveh police said on Tuesday.
“Security forces found bodies of three policemen near an under-construction house in al-Ezba village in Mosul,” Captain Ali Hassan told the Iraqi Basnews website.
He added that the bodies bore signs of torture.
According to Hassan, the security forces carried the bodies of the three policemen to the forensic medicine department.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the murder of the three policemen, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks across Iraq.
Last year, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.
IS militants seized control of much of Nineveh, including the provincial capital of Mosul, in June 2014. Victory was declared in the city in July, 2017.
Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.