Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has offered members of armed groups in Mosul an amnesty in exchange for surrendering their weapons.

He says the gunmen have 10 days starting today to hand over medium and heavy weapons and receive unspecified monetary compensation in return.

The statement also offers amnesty to those who were "duped" into taking up arms against the government as long as they were not involved in crimes against civilians and do not "have blood on their hands."

Al-Maliki's amnesty offer comes one day after he flew to Mosul to take personal charge of a major crackdown on the Al Qaeda-in-Iraq terror group in the northern city.