IS executes 85 people in Anbar province
Anbar Province has been a major stronghold of the IS elements and continues to be largely controlled by the terror group. (AFP/File)
IS militants have executed 85 more people from the Sunni Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq’s western province of Anbar in the terror group’s latest mass killing, tribal and security sources say.
Sheikh Naeem al-Ga'oud, a tribal leader, said on Saturday that the Islamic State militants shot dead 50 tribesmen and women, who had been escaping from them, on Friday.
He noted that they were intercepted and killed near Lake Tharthar close to a desert area while wandering on foot, adding, “Forty of the dead were men. Six women and four children were killed while trying to protect their husbands and fathers.”
Anbar councilman, Faleh al-Issawi, also confirmed the killing, saying these killings occur “almost on a daily basis now” in the areas under control of the IS militants and that “they will continue unless this terrorist group is stopped.”
In a separate incident, security officials discovered 35 bodies in a mass grave on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Ramadi.
More than 300 people have been executed since the killing of Albu Nimr tribe’s members began in the middle of last week, according to authorities.
Anbar Province, which borders war-ravaged Syria, has been a major stronghold of the IS elements and continues to be largely controlled by the terror group.
The IS militants also control large areas of Syria’s east and north. The group first sent its militants into Iraq in June, seizing large parts of land along the border between Syria and Iraq.
They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, and others.