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Middle East Iraq airstrike 'kills scores of IS fighters'
« on: August 06, 2014, 10:08:41 AM »
An Iraqi army airstrike in the rebel-held northern city of Mosul has killed 60 fighters from the Islamic State group, state television has reported.

The claim could not be independently verified and the area is inaccessible to most media.

According to the report on Wednesday, which cited unnamed intelligence officials, the dawn strike targeted a central Mosul prison that was being used by Islamic State fighters as a religious court and detention facility.

The television reports said 60 fighters were killed in the strike and about 300 people who were in the group's custody were set free.

The report did not say if there were other casualties besides the Islamic State fighters and did not say who freed the prisoners or how.

The Islamic State seized Mosul, Iraq's largest second-largest city, in a blitz offensive in June that also captured large swaths of the country's north and west.

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