MOSUL, Iraq, Iraqi security forces, on Friday, repelled four counter attacks by the Daesh group militants, in the battle ground city of Mosul, killing a total of 174 militants and destroying 13 suicide car bombs, the Iraqi army said.
The commandos of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), repelled suicide car bomb attacks and dozens of Daesh militants, on the recently-freed neighbourhoods of al-Ta'mim, al-Nour and al-Bakr, in eastern Mosul, after heavy clashes, killing some 100 militants and destroying five suicide car bombs, a statement by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said.
So far, the elite CTS retook control of 40 districts in eastern Mosul, after nearly seven weeks of street-to-street battles inside the city, according to the statement.
The army's 9th armoured division, repelled another attack by the militants, on the neighbourhoods of al-Intisar and al-Salam in southeastern Mosul, killing some 27 militants and destroying three suicide car bombs, the statement said.
The troops are facing gruelling fighting inside Mosul from the extremist militants, who are carrying out brutal counter attacks in small groups, moving quickly throughout the districts, and using suicide car bombs, as well as, mortars and snipers, in addition to using the population of the city as human shields.
Dozens more militants attacked the positions of the army's 16th infantry division in Ba'wieza village, at the northern edge of Mosul, but the troops fought them back and foiled their attack after killing 25 extremist militants and destroying two suicide car bombs, it said.
The federal police forces repelled a fourth attack by the militants and suicide car bombs on the troops' positions at the two villages of al-Ereij and al-Adhbah, just south-west of Mosul, leaving 22 militants killed and destroying two suicide car bombs and a suicide bulldozer bomb, the statement added.
Earlier on Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, issued a report saying that, 96,864 men, women, and children, have fled their homes in Mosul and its adjacent districts, since the beginning of military offensive in Oct, to reclaim the Daesh largest stronghold in Iraq. The number of displaced people in and near Mosul is rising everyday.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK