In Mosul, a massive explosion

© REUTERS / Azad Lashkari Refugees leaving Mosul. 24 Jun 2017In Mosul, a massive explosion© REUTERS / Azad Lashkari

At least 12 people were killed and more than 20 injured in an explosion in Mosul, reports Agence France Presse with reference to Iraqi military doctors.

The incident occurred in the neighborhood of Mashahda. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of refugees trying to flee the besieged city.

«A suicide bomber infiltrated a group of people and had a blast, so they are unable to reach our military», — said the Agency representative of the armed forces of Iraq. According to military physicians, among victims there are women and children.

Press TV channel announced that Iraqi army on Saturday managed to organize safe corridors through which civilians can leave Mosul.

Earlier it was reported that Iraqi forces prepared for a decisive assault on the centre of the city where to hold the Fort in less than 200 militants of the terrorist group ISIS*.

The operation in Mosul is being supported by the international coalition led by the United States from October 2016. On Thursday, Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi has promised that the statement about the full release of the city will feature in the coming days.

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