By Mohamed Walid and Ibrahim Salih
At least 33 former members of Iraqi security forces were killed in a U.S.-led coalition raid in western Mosul on Monday, according to a local police officer.
Federal police officer Abdullah al-Mayahi said Daesh militants had held dozens of former members of the security forces to question them about an alleged collaboration with the Iraqi army.
He said a coalition warplane mistakenly fired two missiles into a train station, where the captives were held.
“The strike killed 33 former security forces members and injured eight others,” he told Anadolu Agency.
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“Daesh has tried to cover up his crime by claiming that the bombed site was hosting refugee families,” the police officer said.
In mid-February, Iraqi forces -- backed by a U.S.-led air coalition -- began fresh operations aimed at purging Daesh terrorists from western Mosul.
The offensive came as part of a wider campaign launched last October to retake the entire city, which Daesh overran -- along with much of northern and western Iraq -- in mid-2014.