"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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