Rudaw's Shifa Gardi killed covering battle for Mosul
A female reporter working for an Iraqi Kurdish channel has been killed in a roadside bomb attack while covering clashes between government forces and ISIL in Mosul.
A statement posted on her media group website revealed that The 30-year-old reporter, Shifa Gardi who was reporting on the heavy clashes between the advancing Iraqi forces and the ISIS militants was killed by a roadside bomb explosion in Mosul.
The statement also confirmed that Her cameraman, Younis Mustafa, was also wounded in the attack.
The operation to retake Iraq's second-largest city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) was officially launched in October last year, and in January its eastern half was declared "fully liberated".
However, Mosul is ISIL's last major urban stronghold in Iraq, but the battle to retake its western half is expected to be the most challenging yet, since the streets are older, narrower and is densely populated with an estimated 750,000 civilians trapped in the area.