Mosul: 16 civilians killed amid Daesh offensive

Published April 2nd, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
"The bodies had gunshot wounds," Rapid Response Forces officer, lieutenant Karim al-Nuaimi. (AFP)
"The bodies had gunshot wounds," Rapid Response Forces officer, lieutenant Karim al-Nuaimi. (AFP)

Sixteen civilian bodies were found in the Old City of Mosul amid a major offensive to oust Daesh militants from the northern Iraqi city, according to a local police officer. 

"The bodies had gunshot wounds," Rapid Response Forces officer, lieutenant Karim al-Nuaimi, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday. 

He said the civilians were likely killed after attempting to flee Daesh-held areas in western Mosul. 

In a related development, Daesh militants shot dead two civilians while trying to flee Bab Laksh area in western Mosul to government-held areas in the city, military officer Khalid Ali said. 

In February, Iraqi ground forces -- backed by U.S.-led coalition air power -- began fresh operations aimed at ousting Daesh militants from western Mosul, the terrorist group’s last bastion in northern Iraq. 

The offensive is part of a wider campaign launched last October to retake the entire city, which Daesh overran in mid-2014. 


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