A picture of a Burka Clad Mosul woman cradling her baby while holding a detonator has gone viral.
The picture was taken moments before the suicide bomber blew herself up, with her baby in her arms, as she walked past Iraqi troops.
An Iraqi TV station captured the seconds before she blew herself and the baby up near Iraqi troops.
The woman was walking out of a newly liberated area of the city with a group of fleeing civilians holding a trigger, bags and a young infant in her arms.
She had apparently tried to detonate the explosives as she passed the soldiers, but the bomb failed to go off until she had walked some distance away, a cameraman for local al-Mawsleya TV said.
She, her child and two soldiers were killed, several civilians were also injured in the blast.
More than 20 female suicide bombers hiding among civilians are believed to have detonated explosives in the last two weeks.
One general claimed they were even using their own children as human shields.
‘The women are fighting with their children right beside them,’ Lieutenant General Sami al-Aridi said. ‘It’s making us hesitant to use air strikes, to advance. If it weren’t for this we could be finished in just a few hours.’
Preventing the attacks has proved difficult. Iraq’s socially conservative culture means soldiers do not ask women to lift up their clothes to check for explosives as they do men.
After eight months of combat Iraqi officials say victory in close in the battle that has ruined parts of the city, killed thousands of civilians and displaced nearly one million people.
It is thought that just a few hundred militants remain in a confined area overlooking the Tigris River – which divides the city’s east and west.
Iraqi authorities will imminently announce a final victory in the battle to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State group, a US general said Saturday.
‘An announcement is imminent,’ Baghdad-based Brigadier General Robert Sofge told AFP.
‘I don’t want to speculate if it’s today or tomorrow but I think it’s going to be very soon,’ he added.