Female ISIS suicide bomber attack Iraqi troops


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Two suicide bombers, hiding among fleeing citizens, targeted Iraqi troops in Mosul Monday morning. Unlike most suicide bombers, these were women.

Officials say the explosion killed one solider and wounded several others.

The attack happened in the area of the destroyed al-Nuri Mosque, which was the focus of Iraqi forces push last week.

Sgt. Ali Abdillah Hussein told the Associated Press, that using women as suicide bombers is the latest tactic by the militants. He also said, at least four such attacks have targeted Iraqi forces as hundreds of Mosul's civilians are fleeing the battles in the Old City's congested streets.

"The appeared from the basement (of the building) and they blew themselves up," said Hussein.

After the explosion, another group of civilians appeared on the main road, prompting Iraqi soldiers to immediately draw their weapons.

IS overran Mosul in a matter of days more than three years ago. The US-backed operation to retake the city was launched last October and has lasted almost nine months. However Iraqi political and military officials had vowed that victory would be declared by the end of 2016.

Iraqi forces have retaken the area around the al-Nuri Mosque, which they had planned an operation of doing in mid-June after a dawn push.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared an end to IS' so-called caliphate and pledged victory was "near", after the Iraqi forces retook the landmark.