Daesh militants have executed 16 citizens of the Iraqi Mosul, throwing them off the bridge, the source told Sputnik news agency.

On Saturday, Daesh militants executed 284 men and boys in the Mosul area amid the Iraqi army's offensive to drive the militants out of the city.

On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of the military operation to retake Mosul from Daesh. According to local media, about 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are taking part in the operation, backed by artillery and airstrikes carried out by the US-led international coalition.