IRBIL, --- Iraqi army announced Sunday the killing of 44 militants of Daesh group in northern city of Mosul.

In a press statement, the army said that the airstrikes which targeted Daesh sites south, west and north of Mosul.

The air raids left over 44 Daesh militants dead and destroyed several vehicles and bunkers, it added.

Earlier, the army said that a leading Daesh militant was killed by the advancing government forces in eastern Aden neighborhood of Mosul.

It identified the leader as Marawan Al-Heyali, commander of the forces in Aden neighborhood.

Al-Heyali was killed along with several other militants were killed in Sunday fighting.

Meanwhile, the statement pointed out that the number of civilians who fled Mosul since the start of the army operation to liberate the city from militants has climbed to over 62,000.

The Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, back with international anti-Daesh coalition fire power launched a major offensive on October 17 to retake Mosul from the group.

Daesh seized Mosul along with swathes of other territory in June 2014, but Iraqi forces have since regained much of the areas they lost two years before, and the city is now the country's last major population center still in jihadist hands.

Source: Nam News Network