8 killed in blast of booby-trapped building in Iraq's Tal Afar

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-17 19:50:03|Editor: Song Lifang
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MOSUL, Iraq, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Eight people were killed and 18 others wounded on Sunday when a booby-trapped school building detonated near the newly-liberated city of Tal Afar west of Mosul, a local official in Tal Afar said.

The incident occurred in the morning in the school building in the village of Mjareen, leaving five paramilitary fighters and three civilians killed and 18 people wounded, member of Tal Afar city council Tariq Egrish told Xinhua.

The school building was used by the paramilitary tribal fighters as a training center, Egrish said.

Egrish did not give further details on whether the bombs were newly planted or were left from the former presence of the Islamic State (IS) militants in the city.

Explosive experts were sent to check and remove explosives in Tal Afar left by IS militants as the city and its surrounding areas were liberated from IS on Aug. 31, declared by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.