The terror group Isis suffered a major ‘blow’ today after a suicide bomber blew up himself and 12 other terrorists when the explosive belt he was wearing at a goodbye party accidentally went off.
According to police chief Jassem al-Saadi, the Islamic state terrorists were bidding their goodbyes to the militant who was about to go and launch a suicide attack, when the belt on the bomber’s body detonated killing everyone in the room.
The sickening ‘blood parties’ are often held by Isis jihadis for those who are about to launch a suicide bomb attack.
The terrorist group have carried out a number of desperate attacks as they lose serious ground, as Iraqi forces push towards Mosul’s Old City, which is their key target in their eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State’s de-facto capital.
Iraqi military are also trying to flush out around 350 militants who have dug in amongst civilians, and federal police have dislodged Isis insurgents and are just a few days from completely ousting militants from the old city.
“The victory announcement will come in a very short time,” Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on his website last night.
“The operation is continuing to free the remaining parts of the Old City,” Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi of the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) told a Reuters correspondent near the frontline in the heart of the Old City.
If Mosul were to fall it would mark the end of the Iraqi half of the caliphate which is proclaimed by Islamic State, though the militant group remains in control of large areas of both Iraq and Syria.
In Syria, the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa is nearly encircled by a US-backed, Kurdish-led coalition.