BAGHDAD, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Thirty-eight people were killed and 15 others injured in fierce battles for the third day in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the capital of Iraq's northern province of Nineveh on Sunday, a provincial police source said.
Sporadic clashes, bomb explosions and airstrikes continued since the early hours of the day in Mosul, some 400 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, as Iraqi security forces are fighting insurgent groups, some believed to have linkage with the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant, an al-Qaida breakaway group in Iraq, who are seizing several neighborhoods in western part of the city, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Sunday battles left some 30 militants killed, including five snipers, he said without giving further details about the casualties among the security forces.
In addition, mortar barrage landed on the neighborhoods of 17th July, Islah, Sehah and Yarmouk, damaged several houses, leaving eight civilians dead and wounding 15 others, the source said.
Since early morning on Friday, bloody clashes broke out between the Iraqi security forces and hundreds of gunmen who took control of several neighborhoods in western part of the city. Iraqi forces managed to regain control of some neighborhoods but battles are still underway in others.
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