45 Islamic State militants die after having their Ramadan iftar meal in Iraq: Report

Around 45 Islamic State militants were killed on Tuesday after breaking their Ramadan fast in Mosul city of Iraq, reports claimed on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Jul 08, 2015, 22:49 PM IST
45 Islamic State militants die after having their Ramadan iftar meal in Iraq: Report

New Delhi: Around 45 Islamic State militants were killed on Tuesday after breaking their Ramadan fast in Mosul city of Iraq, reports claimed on Wednesday.

According to Haaretz report, when nearly 145 people finished their iftar meal in Mosul, 45 of them were reportedly found dead.

However, it is not certain whether the militants died of food poisoning or they were poisoned, Kurdish Democratic Party spokesperson was quoted as saying by Haaretz.

Mosul, which had a population of over one million people, was captured by Islamic State fighters in June and is the largest city in the group's self-declared caliphate, a stretch of territory that straddles the border between northern Iraq and eastern Syria.

Earlier in November, dozens of IS militants were poisoned by Free Syrian Army militants who infiltrated their base in Syria, posing as chefs, a British media report had stated it.

Meanwhile, at least 43 people were killed today in clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants and air strikes by Iraqi and US-led coalition aircraft in Iraq`s western Anbar province, a government statement and a provincial security source said.

The security forces and allied militias known as Hashd Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) carried out an offensive against the positions of IS militants in areas northwest of Iraq`s capital Baghdad and near the IS-held town of Garma, some 40 km west of Baghdad, said a statement issued by the Baghdad Operations Command (B.O.C.).

The troops clashed with IS militants and killed at least 17 militants besides destroying some of their positions and a vehicle carrying rockets, the statement said.

(With IANS inputs)