Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday captured nine Iraqi security officers west of Mosul city, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate.
“After fierce clashes in Western Mosul, Daesh terrorists took nine police officers, including a colonel, as captives,” the Iraqi Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
The officers were reportedly captured by ISIS after running out of ammunition during the clashes.
“The operation took place in the Bab al-Jadid neighbourhood in western Mosul, where ISIS was able to prevent the Iraqi forces from advancing into its final stronghold in the key city,” head of Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News.
In the meantime, more than 180,000 Iraqi civilians have escaped Western Mosul over the past few days amidst escalating violence in the area.
Reporting by: Sedraddin Kino | Source: ARA News
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