Most suicide bombers in Mosul women

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An Iraqi mother, carrying her child, walks away from Mosul. (Aris Mennisins, AFP)
An Iraqi mother, carrying her child, walks away from Mosul. (Aris Mennisins, AFP)

Mosul - An Iraqi military officer says Iraqi troops battling to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group faced seven female suicide bombers.

Lieutenant Colonel Salam Hussein, of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces says most of the suicide bombers in Mosul are now women with seven blowing themselves up on Monday alone.

As hundreds of civilians flee the country's second largest city, Iraqi forces face a daunting threat - suicide bombers hiding among civilians and blowing themselves up the moment they reach soldiers.

Salam says: "Seven women faced our units, but thank god our units stopped these women suicide bombers.

"Some women exploded themselves on fleeing families. This is an evil and cowardly attempt by terrorists to inflict the greatest losses on civilians and security forces."

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