ISIS Number 4 and human shield deaths west of Mosul
Family of 7 dies as IS tunnels cause house’s collapse west of Mosul
Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) A family of seven members died when their house collapsed due to underground excavations by the Islamic State west of Mosul, a source was quoted saying on Wednesday.
A local source was quoted saying in a press statement that the family, which included children, died under rubble when their house collapsed due to underground tunnels dug by the militants in the Islamic State’s stronghold town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul.
The source said militants usually prevent residents of houses above their working sites from leaving, adding that the tunnels serve as a defense technique against imminent assaults by security forces .
A week ago, Islamic State militants reportedly confiscated tens of civilian-owned vehicles to build fortifications in the town.
A source told Alsumaria News that the cars blocked the streets of the town, forming walls against possible offensives.
Islamic State have been holding Tal Afar since 2014, with the area becoming one of its most significant bastions in Nineveh province.
So far, offensives by the pro-government Popular Mobilization have isolated the town from the Syrian borders and from Mosul, and recaptured a main military base there.
IS member in charge of drones, others killed west of Mosul
Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State member in charge of drones in Tal Afar town, west of Mosul, has been killed along with number of comrades, a local source from Nineveh province said.
“An IS secret rest house, used for launching drones, at the outskirts of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, was heavily shelled early on Tuesday, leaving the member in charge of the drones, called Abu Hafsa, and some companions, killed,” the source told AlSumaria News.
“Other blasts occurred inside the rest house after the shelling due to presence of explosions inside,” the source, who preferred anonymity, said.
In related news, an office from Nineveh Police, said Tuesday that six IS members were killed while attempting infiltration to Rajm Hadid region, west of Mosul.
“The tribal mobilization forces were able to kill six IS members who tried to sneak into Rajm Hadid region in order to attack troops after the army withdrew,” Cap. Mohamed Jassem told BasNews.
“The members were trapped by the tribal fighters there,” he added, saying that the troops are deployed on the outskirts of the western axis toward Jazeera to prevent infiltration of the members into the liberated regions.
Senior IS Syrian member Abu Abdullah al-Halabi, the assistant head of the extremist group’s so-called “security committee”, was reportedly shot dead at the center of Tal Afar. IS members were put on high alert after the shooting.
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