Chilling moment ISIS female suicide bomber holding baby prepares to blow herself up
THIS is the moment a woman cradling a baby prepares to detonate a suicide bomb in an ISIS stronghold in Mosul.A female suicide bomber clutching a baby prepares to detonate an explosives vest
At first sight it looks like the woman, clad in a hijab and carrying a baby, is fleeing the city which has been under siege for months.
But photos reveal she is holding a trigger, which will be pulled seconds later.
An Iraqi TV station captured the seconds before she blew herself and the baby up near Iraqi troops.
A cameraman for al-Mawsleya TV said the woman attempted to detonate the explosives vest hidden under her hijab as she walked past Iraqi soldiers.
But the bomb failed to go off, exploding seconds later as the woman walked a distance away.
The woman and the baby were killed in the explosion which injured two soldiers and injured several civilians.
Al-Mawsleya TV was filming the ongoing battle for Mosul between Iraqi troops and ISIS fighters when the suicide bombing rocked the city.
ISIS has vowed to “fight to the death” in Mosul and is now using female suicide bombers in a desperate attempt to hold into the city.
After eight months of combat Iraqi officials say victory in close in the battle that has ruined parts of the city, killed thousands of civilians and displaced nearly one million people.The woman appears to be holding a trigger moments before the explosion
The militants have been driven from all but a patch of territory on the western bank of the Tigris bisecting Mosul, where they have staged a last stand in the narrow alleys of the Old City.
Plumes of smoke rose over the Old City on Sunday and the decaying corpses of ISIS fighters lay in the streets. Scattered bursts of gunfire could be heard and several airstrikes were carried out.
ISIS militants threw themselves into the River Tigris on Sunday, trying to flee the battlefield as they faced imminent defeat by Iraqi forces fighting to dislodge them from their last pocket in the city.
A US-trained elite Iraqi force in the Old City of Mosul reached the Tigris riverside, state TV said, indicating that the insurgents’ last redoubt is on the verge of falling.
Iraqi military spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, told state TV earlier on Sunday that 30 militants had been killed attempting to get away by swimming across the Tigris.
Later, Iraqiya News ran and on-screen headline saying: ‘Forces from the Counter Terrorism Service raised the Iraqi flag on the Tigris river bank in the Old City of Mosul.”
Without Mosul – by far the largest city to fall under ISIS’s control – the terror group’s territory in Iraq will be reduced to mainly rural, desert areas west and south of the city where tens of thousands of people live.
It is almost exactly three years since the ultra-hardline group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a “caliphate” spanning Syria and Iraq from the pulpit of the medieval Grand al-Nuri mosque.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of ISIS a week ago, after security forces retook the mosque.