LEEDS — At least 14 Iraqi federal policemen were killed in a spate of suicide bombings in western Mosul on Saturday, a local police officer said.
First Lieutenant Harith Kazim who spoke to Anadolu Agency said that six Islamic State (IS) bombers carried out a suicide attack in the district of Bab al-Toub in the Old City of Mosul. As a result of the attack, the IS militants in the area managed to capture two buildings where Iraqi federal police personnel were stationed.
Kazim further said that fourteen police officers were killed in the suicide attack and at least 20 others were injured. However, he pointed out that the Iraqi forces recaptured the two buildings shortly after the attack, as the Iraqi warplanes intervened and killed 17 IS militants.
Also on Saturday, the commander of the Iraqi Federal Police, Ali al-Lami, was relived of his duties by the Iraqi authorities, due to "security breaches" in the Old City of Mosul, police officer Ahmed al-Jabouri said.