Mortar Fire Kills 11 In Iraq

At least 11 people, reportedly four aid workers and seven civilians, have been killed, following mortar fire during aid distribution in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Four Iraqi aid workers and at least seven civilians were killed by mortar fire this week during aid distribution in Mosul, the United Nations said, as the campaign to retake the city from Islamic State continued to make slow and punishing progress.

On Thursday, three vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) claimed by Islamic State went off in Kokjali, an eastern suburb that the authorities said they had retaken from the jihadists almost two months ago.

At least two civilians were killed and 20 others wounded, including soldiers, according to local police, a health official and a witness. The death toll was expected to rise.

Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State, said in a statement circulated online that suicide bombers had targeted the army.

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