Two Iraqi civilians killed in landmine blast in western Mosul

Landmine (representational photo)

Mosul ( Two Iraqi civilians were killed on Tuesday when a landmine exploded in an area in the western side of Mosul, a security source was quoted saying.

Iraqi Media News Agency quoted a security source in Nineveh province saying that a civilian and his son died when a landmine exploded near a wrecked home in the Old City district.

The source said the the Old City is still “littered with explosives planted by Islamic State criminals during the battle for Mosul”.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State last December, ending a three-year war to bring down the group’s self-styled “caliphate” declared from Nineveh’s Mosul in 2014.

Iraqi troops recaptured Mosul in July after more than eight months of operations.

Iraq’s war against the Islamic State displaced millions of civilians both inside and outside the country, and left thousands dead.

The war left thousands of unexploded military ordnance across cities recaptured from IS, which the U.N., recently, said could need a decade to remove and save millions of civilians.
“One in 10 internally displaced persons (IDPs) not planning to return home cites explosive hazards as the reason,” said the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq in a report on Tuesday.

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