IS prison cells discovered in Mosul

Baghdad, Jan 7 (IANS) Iraqi police on Saturday discovered prisons once used by the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Mosul.

Federal police commander told Efe news that General Raed Shaker Jawdat discovered several prison systems and a small medical clinic that was used by the IS in the eastern Al-Wadha district.

Security personnel were clearing the neighbourhood after fully recapturing the zone from the IS on Thursday.

The prison systems contained solitary confinement cells and torture rooms.

The small medical clinic was stocked with surgical provisions to treat fighters injured in the violent battle for the Iraqi city that was being waged between the terror group and the advancing central Iraqi army and their allies.

Security forces were engaged in continued clashes in the northern limits of the neighbourhood but were now less than one kilometre from the Tigris river that runs through the heart of the city, Jawdat said.

Iraqi forces, alongside their Kurdish Peshmerga allies and several Shia para militaries, launched the second phase of their offensive to recapture Mosul last week.

The city, which fell to the jihadis in 2014, is the last IS bastion in Iraq.

–IANS

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