Baghdad: A triple car bombing killed at least 23 people Thursday in a town recently retaken from the Islamic State group, near the jihadists’ final stronghold of Mosul, Iraq’s army said.
“A terrorist attack in the form of three car bombs at a market in Gogjali killed 15 civilians and eight police,” a coordination centre for forces battling IS said in a statement.
Earlier four Iraqi aid workers and at least seven civilians were killed by random mortar fire as they queued to receive aid in two separate incidents in eastern Mosul, the United Nations said.
“According to initial reports, four aid workers and at least seven civilians queueing for emergency assistance in eastern Mosul city have been killed by indiscriminate mortar fire,” Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, said in a statement.
Grande condemned the attacks as a violation of humanitarian principles, saying that the two separate incidents took place within the last 48 hours, left 40 injuured as well.
“People waiting for aid are already vulnerable and need help. They should be protected, not attacked,” she said. “All parties to the conflict – all parties – have an obligation to uphold international humanitarian law and ensure that civilians survive and receive the assistance they need.”
The UN did not place blame on anyone for the attacks, but Islamic State (IS) militants retreating from the Iraqi military’s offensive in the northern city have repeatedly shelled “liberated” areas, killing or wounding scores of residents fleeing in the opposite direction.