Iraqi forces kill over 170 IS militants in Mosul battle on Monday

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Iraqi forces killed at least 173 jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group on Monday, during the offensive aimed at the liberation of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, local media reported, citing the head of the federal police.

Earlier in the day, Iraqi troops stormed a total of four neighbourhoods in the city partially occupied by IS.

An IS commander was among those killed, the Al Arabiya broadcaster reported.

The news outlet added that 40 booby-trapped cars had also been destroyed during the Monday clashes.

The Iraqi armed troops have been involved in the offensive aimed at the liberation of Mosul since October 2016. IS established control over the second largest city of the Middle Eastern state in 2014.