Ambush kills six Iraqi paramilitary forces south of Mosul

MAKHMUR, Iraq (AFP) – Six Iraqi paramilitary forces were killed and more than 30 others wounded in an ambush on a desolate road south of Mosul, a local official and security forces said yesterday.

Unidentified assailants on Wednesday night attacked a convoy of Hashed al-Shaabi fighters who were going on leave and therefore unarmed, the security forces’ media centre said.

“Six fighters were killed and 31 more were wounded and transferred to the Qayyarah hospital,” the statement said.

The attack took place on the road between Mosul and the town of Makhmur, areas that Iraqi troops and allied paramilitary units recaptured from the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in 2017.