Soldier Killed, Army Officer Injured in Bomb Explosion Near Mosul

Published December 20th, 2017 - 10:50 GMT
The Federal Police had since launched an investigation into the incident (AFP/File)
The Federal Police had since launched an investigation into the incident (AFP/File)

An Iraqi soldier was killed and an officer injured on Wednesday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb northwest of Mosul, regional capital of Nineveh province, according to a local army source.

“An improvised explosive device… went off as an army vehicle passed through the village of Jarwana in the Tel Keppe district northwest of Mosul,” Army Captain Ali al-Makrami said.

The blast left one soldier dead and an army major-general injured, al-Makrami said, going on to note that the Federal Police had since launched an investigation into the incident.

In a related development, police arrested an ISIS militant as he tried to plant an explosive device in Mosul’s western Al-Najjar neighborhood, Army Captain Hassan al-Shazar said on Wednesday.

“He has since been referred to the national security authorities for questioning,” al-Shazar said.

In August, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared -- prematurely perhaps -- that Iraq’s northern Nineveh province had been entirely purged of ISIS elements.

ISIS has recently suffered a string of crushing defeats in Iraq and Syria after overrunning large territories in both countries in 2014.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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