MOSUL, A total of 97 Daesh militants were killed on Sunday, in heavy clashes with the security forces and an air strike by the U.S.-led coalition aircraft, in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.
The soldiers of the ninth armoured Division repelled attacks by dozens of militants and suicide car bombs, on the recently-freed neighbourhood of al-Intisar, al-Shaima and al-Salam in south-eastern Mosul, leaving 51 militants killed and destroying four suicide car bombs, along with destroying three more vehicles carrying extremist militants, a statement by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said.
Another Daesh attack occurred on the positions of the federal police, just south of Mosul, but the troops repelled the attack, killing 21 militants and destroying two suicide car bombs, the statement said.
Also on Sunday, based on intelligence reports, an international coalition war plane conducted an airstrike on a building in al-Wahda neighbourhood, where many militants were believed hiding inside, preparing for an attack on the security forces, leaving some 25 militants killed, according to the statement.
The Iraqi forces continued, during the day, their clearing operations in the freed neighbourhoods, in the eastern side of Mosul, locally known as the left bank of the Tigris, which bisects the city.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a recent report that, 103,872 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.
Mosul, some 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, has been under the Daesh control since June, 2014, when Iraqi government forces abandoned their weapons and fled, enabling the militants to take control of parts of Iraq's northern and western regions.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK