MOSUL — At least 35 members of the Islamic State (IS) were killed in a failed attempt to flee western Mosul on Saturday, according to the Iraqi military.
The Iraqi forces further detained another 6 IS militants, who also tried to escape the battlefield in Mosul's Old City, the army said in a statement. According to Army Captain Odai Mohamed, the Iraqi forces deployed dozens of snipers along the Tigris River, putting all effort into stopping all IS insurgents from fleeing the area.
Mohamed told Anadolu Agency, the forces stopped the IS militants from entering eastern Mosul in attempt to cause chaos and attack civilians in the liberated areas.
Meanwhile, 11 other IS militants were reportedly killed in an airstrike on a convoy on the outskirts of Tel Afar city, west of Mosul, Mohamed added.
The Iraqi forces are on their way to liberating the entire western part of Mosul, as IS is believed to have control over only 250 square meters of territory.