Islamic State blows up government buildings in Mosul

Islamic State militants blew up government buildings Tuesday in Mosul, where Iraqi forces are pressing ahead with an offensive to recapture the northern city.

The extremist group blew up two buildings in al-Faysaliya neighbourhood before escaping the area, Brigadier General Zanoun el-Sabawi said.

Al-Faysaliya is located north of several districts captured by Iraqi forces on Monday, as the troops secured further advances against the militants by the Tigris River.

Iraqi forces, backed by US-led air power, are pressing ahead with the campaign launched in mid-October to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, which has been under Islamic State control since mid-2014.

Islamic State militants have been carrying out a string of counter-attacks in different parts of Iraq in an attempt to hamper a US-backed military campaign to drive the extremist militia from its key stronghold of Mosul.

Last update: Tue, 10/01/2017 - 12:32

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