(AFP) A triple car bombing on a market killed at least 23 people Thursday in a town recently retaken from the ISIL group near the terrorists’ 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.
ISIL claimed the attack, which the group said was carried out by three suicide bombers.
Gogjali, a few kilometers east of Mosul, was retaken by pro-government forces on November 1, several weeks into a massive operation to recapture the last Iraqi city still under ISIL control.
Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism service punched into Mosul from the east.
Human Rights Watch has accused ISIL of targeting civilians trying to flee the violence with mortars, explosives and gunfire.