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Airstrike kills 15 Iraqi civilians in Mosul: Activist

Another five Iraqis trying to flee western Mosul were executed by Daesh militants

30.04.2017
Airstrike kills 15 Iraqi civilians in Mosul: Activist Damaged building is seen after clashes between Iraqi forces and Daesh terrorists during the operation to retake Mosul from Daesh terrorists in Jadid neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq on April 2, 2017. ( Hemn Baban - Anadolu Agency )

By Serhad Shaker and Ibrahim Salih

NINEVEH, Iraq

At least 15 Iraqi civilians were killed on Sunday when a warplane struck their house in western Mosul, according to an Iraqi rights activist.

"The victims were taking refuge inside the house when the plane struck the building," Mohamed Fadel told Anadolu Agency.

He said five other people were injured in the attack.

It remains unclear whether the airstrike was carried out by an Iraqi or a U.S.-led coalition plane.

Meanwhile, five Iraqis trying to flee western Mosul were executed by Daesh militants.

"Their bodies were dumped on the road leading to the positions of Iraqi security forces" in Mosul, federal police officer Sabhan Ali said.

He said Daesh terrorist group always dumps the bodies of executed civilians "in an attempt to scare others from fleeing the city".

In October, the Iraqi army -- backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and local allies on the ground -- began a wide-ranging operation to retake Mosul, Daesh’s last bastion in northern Iraq, which the terrorist group overran in 2014.

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