SOFIA — At least 16 civilians were killed in a car-bomb attack carried out by the Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul on Tuesday, according to an Iraqi military source.
Captain Khader al-Asadi of the Iraqi Army told Anadolu Agency that an IS suicide bomber had attacked the Iraqi anti-terrorism units stationed in the district of Al-Thawra in western Mosul.
According to Asadi, the attacker failed to reach his initially intended target when he detonated the booby-trapped car in a residential area in the western parts of the city. As a result of the attack, at least 16 people were left dead, including women and children. The attack also damaged a large number of nearby buildings and vehicles, the army official added.
He further pointed out that the Iraqi forces remain in absolute control of the district, where the clearance operation continues.
The Iraqi government launched a massive offensive against the IS militants in western Mosul in the middle of February this year, after they liberated the entire eastern part of the city in January following months of fighting the extremist group with the support of the US-led coalition.