More than 100 civilians were killed in a powerful explosion in a residential area of Mosul, Iraq, on Wednesday, an army officer and an activist said.
Brigadier Mohammed al-Jabouri, a commander in the military campaign to retake Mosul from Daesh “the Islamic State” extremist group, said on Thursday that 108 bodies have been retrieved.
Information about the blast, believed to have taken place late Wednesday, only emerged Thursday.
Al-Jabouri told dpa that the explosion in the area of Mosul al-Jadida, close to western Mosul, was a result of booby traps set by Islamic State.
Independent activist platform Mosul Eye put the toll at 130, including children and women, and spoke of a double bombing in the area.
It said that Iraq’s federal police forces also fired rockets at the site.