Witnesses said today (April 8, 2017) that Islamic State (IS) militants have killed dozens of civilians attempting to flee Mosul -- Iraq's second largest city -- hanging several bodies from electricity poles as Iraqi forces fight to retake the city, according to the Reuters website.
Iraqi troops are meeting fierce resistance, as IS militants retreat into the Old City, where street fighting is expected in narrow alleyways.
One man told Reuters he had found the mutilated body of a relative strung up from an electricity pole along with three other young men, who had been caught by the militants while trying to flee.
He said, "Their appearance was shocking. We weren't able to get them down and they have been there for two days."