US raid 'mistakenly' kills 33 ex-Iraqi forces in Mosul

A coalition warplane mistakenly fired two missiles into a train station, where the captives were held

US raid 'mistakenly' kills 33 ex-Iraqi forces in Mosul

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 33 former members of Iraqi security forces were killed in a U.S.-led coalition raid in western Mosul on Monday, according to a local police officer. 

Federal police officer Abdullah al-Mayahi said ISIL militants had held dozens of former members of the security forces to question them about an alleged collaboration with the Iraqi army. 

He said a coalition warplane mistakenly fired two missiles into a train station, where the captives were held. 

“The strike killed 33 former security forces members and injured eight others,” he said. 

According to al-Mayahi, a number of ISIL militants were killed and injured in the airstrikes. 

“ISIL has tried to cover up his crime by claiming that the bombed site was hosting refugee families,” the police officer said. 

In mid-February, Iraqi forces -- backed by a U.S.-led air coalition -- began fresh operations aimed at purging ISIL terrorists from western Mosul. 

The offensive came as part of a wider campaign launched last October to retake the entire city, which ISIL overran -- along with much of northern and western Iraq -- in mid-2014. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Mart 2017, 13:09
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