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30 killed in suicide car bomb attacks in Iraq

At least 30 people were killed and dozens injured when three suicide car bombs exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, security sources said.

India TV News Desk Baghdad Published on: December 23, 2016 8:35 IST
30 killed in suicide car bomb attacks in Iraq
30 killed in suicide car bomb attacks in Iraq

At least 30 people were killed and dozens injured when three suicide car bombs exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, security sources said.

A security source said that the suicide bombers, driving cars laden with explosives, detonated their vehicles on Thursday where Iraqi security force teams and civilians had gathered in the Gogjali neighbourhood of east Mosul, reports Efe.

While he death toll is expected to continue rising, security officials were scouring the zone to clear it of any further possible bombs.

The Gogjali neighbourhood was one of the first areas of urban Mosul recaptured by Iraqi security forces from the Islamic State terror group.

Iraqi forces pushing towards Mosul on the southern front have yet to enter the city, and another advance from the north has stalled. 

To the west, forces from pro-government paramilitary groups are close to the town of Tal Afar, between Mosul and the border with Syria. 

However, areas taken from the jihadists are still exposed to deadly artillery attacks, bombs and gunfire. 

Human Rights Watch has accused IS of targeting civilians trying to flee the violence with mortars, explosives and gunfire.

On October 17, that offensive was launched by the Iraqi army in conjunction with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq and powerful Shiite militias allied to the government.

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