A few days after the liberation of the Christian town of Bartella, 20KM east of Mosul, the Iraqi army started closing some of the tunnels dug and left behind by the radical group ISIS in various parts of town.
Nibras, a 30-year-old soldier in the Special Operations unit had taken over a bulldozer from a fellow soldier who had been hit in the shoulder by an ISIS bullet and was assigned to closing this tunnel after having closed three others earlier in the day.
Nibras said that the army closed the tunnels to prevent their possible use by ISIS militants or any incidents for the army.
When asked what if locals wanted to see the tunnels once they return to the town, he replied: “People here know about them and have seen them. At least one or two people have seen them who will later tell others about it.”
The entrance of this tunnel starts inside a mosque half a mile away.
Nibras said he had closed at least 12 tunnels since the start of the Mosul operation.
“We are planning to blow them up all. We’ll blow them up in the future but right now we have no time.” he said.