Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Three unidentified bodies were found in eastern Mosul, 400 KM north of Baghdad, a source from police in Nineveh said on Thursday.
Captain Amir Watheq told BasNews that “security troops found three unidentified bodies in al-Karama and al-Quds, east of Mosul, on Thursday.”
“The bodies were blindfolded and had shots in the head,” the source said.
In related news, another security source said several citizens were killed and injured due to a missile shelling on a market located in western Mosul, the National News Center reported.
Speaking on condition of anonymity on Thursday, the source said, “Islamic State militants shot three missiles on al-Zohour market targeting women and children in east of Mosul.”
“The shelling left seven women and children killed and one woman severely wounded,” he said, adding that the victims were transferred to hospital in al-Zohour area.
Mosul is the Islamic State’s strongest stronghold in Iraq. Eastern Mosul was recaptured from IS in January, after a US-backed offensive was launched in October. A new offensive started in February to retake the west. The government troops have recently pushed deeper into the Old City, a densely-populated and -structured area which military officials view as central to the desired victory over IS militants.
Battles in the west are believed to be much more difficult due to the density of residential areas and the high number of civilians who the commanders believe are used as human shields by IS members.