Militants of the terrorist group "Islamic state" executed 284 people, who had been gathered to form a "human shield" on the outskirts of the city of Mosul, CNN reported, citing its own sources.

According to the TV channel, the massacre took place October 20 - 21 in the southern outskirts of the city. Among those executed were men and boys, all of them were shot. The bodies of the killed were thrown into a common grave with a bulldozer.

CNN stresses that incident is not yet officially confirmed.

Mosul is the second most important city for the terrorist organization ISIL, which they captured in 2014. In January 2015, the US carried out air strikes on the city, helping Peshmerge to launch a military operation to liberate Mosul. And in March 2016 the Iraqi army launched an operation to clean up the city from the ISIL terrorists.

The operation in Mosul began on  October 17. The first stage of operation against the ISIL terrorist elements on the Iraqi city of Mosul involves Peshmerga armed forces of regional Kurdish administration in Iraq, the city militia, trained by Turkish military instructors at the military base "Ba`shiqah", The Nineveh Plain Protection Units under the command of an Iraqi general in charge of the operation. It is expected to become the biggest battle in Iraq since the US invasion of 2003.

October 20, the Pentagon announced that the leaders of terrorist organizations started to leave the city under pressure from International coalition the armed forces.

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