The University of Mosul is the best research centre of IS, says Iraq’s top explosive officer
The Islamic State (IS) has been using a well-stocked university chemistry lab in Mosul since it has taken control of the city in 2014 to contrive a new generation of explosive devices, according to Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
WSJ’s website reported that IS has been utilizing the chemistry lab of Mosul university to produce explosive devices, including peroxide-based chemical bombs and suicide-bomb vests like the ones used in the Brussels attacks and by at least some of the Paris attackers, according to General Hatem Magsosi, Iraq’s top explosives officer.
Speaking to WSJ, Magsosi, said that the facilities at the University of Mosul have enhanced Islamic State’s ability to launch attacks in Iraq and to export bomb-making experts to other countries to carry out terror attacks using the bomb-making skills they have learned.
“Trainees go to Raqqa in Syria and then to Mosul university, the best IS research centre, to use the existing facilities there to develop explosive devices” Magsosi added.
IS has several times used chemical weapons against the Kurdish Peshmerga forces on the battlefields in northern Iraq. They recently attacked Taza Khurmatu district in southern Kirkuk with chemical weapons, killing at least four civilians.