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Iraq forces shoot down two bombers near Mosul

Iraqi security forces celebrate after Mosul completely freed from Daesh in Mosul, Syria on July 9, 2017 [Yunus Keleş / Anadolu Agency]
Iraqi security forces in Mosul [Yunus Keleş / Anadolu Agency]

Iraqi forces today gunned down two suicide bombers near the northern city of Mosul, according to a military officer.

Two men wearing explosive belts attempted to attack a main headquarters of security forces in Tahona village in the northern Makhmour district, south-east of Mosul, Captain Saad Shahm Al-Aousi told the Anadolu Agency.

He said security forces opened fire on the two attackers, killing them on the spot.

An Iraqi soldier was slightly injured during an exchange of fire with the attackers.

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No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In another development, seven suspected militants were arrested by Iraqi security forces in southern and western Mosul, according to Army Major General Abdullah Al-Azzawi.

In December, officials in Baghdad declared that Daesh’s military presence in Iraq had been all but dismantled. Nevertheless, it appears that the terrorist group still maintains “sleeper cells” in several parts of the country.

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