Iraq’s armed forces have blocked a major wave of attacks by suicide bombers from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) outside the Old City of Mosul, according to the Iraqi military.

Sunday’s attacks targeted Hay al-Tanak, a poor neighbourhood west of the Old City, the last stronghold of the fighters in Mosul.

It is the first wave of attacks reported outside the Old City since the battle to capture the historic district from ISIL started a week ago.

It came just days after a suicide bomber killed at least three people while attacking a shopping district in east Mosul that was retaken from the ISIL group a few months ago, according to Iraqi medical and security officials.

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