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Bombing in W. Mosul kills 15, including tribal fighters

A pro-government fighting force, Iraq’s Hashd al-Ashaeri is drawn up mainly of armed Sunni tribesmen

17.09.2017
Bombing in W. Mosul kills 15, including tribal fighters FILE PHOTO

NINEVEH, Iraq 

At least 15 people were killed, mostly Sunni-Arab volunteer fighters, when a bomb went off in a school in western Mosul, an Iraqi military source said Sunday.

“Fifteen people were killed, including 12 tribal fighters, and another 23 injured when a bomb went off inside a school in the village of Muharibeen, located between the town of Badosh and the Tal Afar district,” Army Captain Dergham Haydar al-Mawla told Anadolu Agency.

According to al-Mawla, the school had been used to train members of Iraq’s Hashd al-Ashaeri, a pro-government fighting force composed mainly of armed Sunni tribesmen.

Tasked with protecting villages in the area, the Hashd al-Ashaeri also fights alongside the Iraqi army’s 73rd Brigade.

Al-Mawla did not speculate as to what group was responsible for Sunday’s attack.

In a related development late Saturday, at least three people were killed -- including a policeman -- in a suicide attack in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province, according to a local security source.

“Police surrounded a suicide bomber who had infiltrated the town of Miqdadiyah, located some 45 kilometers northeast of Baqubah, Diyala’s provincial capital,” Police Captain Habib al-Shammari told Anadolu Agency.

The attack, he said, had left one police officer and a civilian passerby dead, in addition to the bomber.

No group has claimed responsibility for either attack, but such bombings are typically attributed to the Daesh terrorist group, which -- despite a string of recent defeats -- still maintains a considerable presence war-torn in Iraq.

Last month, Daesh was driven from Tal Afar in the northern Nineveh province. And a month before that, the city of Mosul -- regional capital of Nineveh and Daesh’s self-proclaimed “caliphate” -- fell to the army after a nine-month siege. 


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