Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State elements were killed during their attempt to cross the Tigris River from the Old City of Mosul, Nineveh police said.
“Police forces managed to kill a Saudi and Chechen IS elements while they were attempting to cross the Tigris River to the eastern side of the city,” Wathiq al-Hamadani, Nineveh Police chief, told Bas News.
“The forces also killed the IS booby-trapping official, Amer Saleh Ibrahim, in the Nineveh Plains area while he was crossing the river,” he added.
Al-Hamadani noted that the security forces are deployed around the banks of the Tigris River to kill the remnants of the group who are still hiding in Mosul’s Old City and other areas.
Security forces had arrested several IS members hiding among migrating civilians in both the eastern and western sides of Mosul. Western officials warned that IS will try to launch attacks after losing their last stronghold in Mosul last Monday.
The Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared on Monday victory in the city of Mosul over IS, ending an eight-month campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces.
The victory in Mosul ended an eight-month campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces.