MOSUL — A federal police officer said on Wednesday that dozens of Islamic State (IS) men were killed and three car bombs were detonated following the incursion into the al-Zanjili neighborhood in west Mosul.
Capt. Ahmed al-Obeidi told Basnews that "Police forces stormed the Zanjili neighborhood and penetrated its alleys, killing dozens of armed men, including three suicide bombers."
"Security forces also found three car bombs and managed to detonate them remotely," said the official.
The Nineveh Provincial Council revealed that about 350 IS militants are remaining in the western half of Mosul, and that the security forces control about 97% of the total western part of the city.
Hussam al-Abbar, member of Nineveh Provincial Council said "the number of remaining IS militants in west Mosul is estimated to be only 350."
The anti-terrorism forces liberated al-Najjar neighborhood in west Mosul on Tuesday, said Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, a spokesperson for the Joint Operations Command, noting that "the security forces control about 97% of west Mosul."
He added that the liberation of the entire city will be completed before the end of this month.
The Iraqi forces backed by the US-led coalition launched a massive offensive against the IS militants in west Mosul back in February this year, as part of the wider operation for liberating the city of Mosul. The operation was launched in October 2016, and the entire eastern part was declared liberated and up to 97% of western Mosul has been recaptured up to this point.