IS suicide bomber blows up own commanders

Syria, Mosul, Islamic State
Iraqi forces move through Mosul pushing out remaining Islamic State fighters. Photo credit: Getty

An Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber has blown himself up during a meeting in Mosul that also killed a number of commanders.

The terrorist organisation's control over the city in Iraq has been dwindling in recent months and the blast came after a meeting of IS representatives in the Qaim District.

According to the Daily Mail, there are thought to only be hundreds of IS soldiers remaining in Mosul as Iraqi forces move closer to flush out the so-called caliphate.

Those Iraqi forces have recently been opening exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the war-torn city, with Iraqi general Abdul Ghani al-Assadi saying the battle for Mosul could be over in just a matter of days.

"Only a small part [of the militants] remains in the city, specifically the Old City," he told Reuters.

"From a military perspective, [IS] is finished. It has lost its fighting spirit and its balance. We are making calls to them to surrender or die."

Mosul has been under vicious IS rule since they overthrew the city in June 2014.