At Least 3 Civilians Killed, 12 Wounded Due To Isis Shelling In Mosul

At Least 3 Civilians Killed, 12 Wounded Due To Isis Shelling In Mosul

At least three people were killed and 12 others wounded after Islamic State (ISIS) militants shelled a neighborhood in eastern Mosul, an Iraqi officer said.

Iraqi army officer Haider Ali Waili said ISIS militants in the west of the city shelled Sumar neighborhood in eastern Mosul with 10 mortar shells.

At least three civilians were killed and 12 others were wounded due to the bombardment, the officer added.

More than two years after the militants took over Mosul and proclaimed a caliphate for all Muslims, Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition, have retaken the eastern half of the city and now have the west in their sights.

Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq, is divided into two halves by the Tigris River that runs through its center.

ISIS is expected to put up fierce resistance when the next phase of the offensive kicks off, possibly within days.

The loss of Mosul would probably mark the end of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate that has ruled over millions of people in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi authorities and their U.S. allies still expect the fighters to wage an insurgency in Iraq and inspire attacks against the West.