Car bombs kill 23 in former ISISheld town near Mosul: Iraq army

A triple car bombing on a market killed at least 23 people Thursday in a town recently retaken from ISIS near the extremists' final stronghold of Mosul, Iraq's army said.

"A terrorist attack in the form of three car bombs at a market in Gogjali killed 15 civilians and eight police," a coordination center for forces battling ISIS said in a statement.

ISIS claimed the attack, which the group said was carried out by three suicide bombers.

Gogjali, a few kilometers (miles) east of Mosul, was retaken by pro-government forces on Nov. 1, several weeks into a massive operation to recapture the last Iraqi city still under ISIS control.

Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service punched into Mosul from the east, but progress has since slowed and the battle is far from over.

Human Rights Watch has accused ISIS of targeting civilians trying to flee the violence with mortars, explosives and gunfire.

Source: National News Agency