Iraq: Daesh abducts 20 civilians from Kirkuk
Daesh militants raided the villages of Tel Ali and Shawook close to the town of Hawijah. (File Photo)
Daesh has abducted 20 people in Iraq’s northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk as they continue to perpetrate war crimes on a large scale in areas under their control.
An Iraqi security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Daesh militants raided the villages of Tel Ali and Shawook close to the town of Hawijah, located about 282 kilometers (175 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, during the early hours of Sunday, and kidnapped 20 civilians from their homes, Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network reported.
The source added that the militants accuse the people of cooperation with government officials. Daesh militants took the victims to an unknown location, warning that the abductees will be tried at courts set up by the group and most likely executed.
The development comes as the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) spokesman in the city of Mosul, Saeed Mamouzini, told al-Sumaria television network on Friday that Daesh had executed 15 of its child recruits west of the embattled northern Iraqi city.
Mamouzini said Daesh murdered the victims, aged between 13 and 18 years old, in the town of Sinjar, situated over 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of Baghdad.
The Kurdish spokesman said the slain child recruits had reportedly abandoned clashes with the Iraqi army in the Baaj district of Mosul, which has been under the control of Daesh since June 2014.
On August 15, Daesh killed 15 women in the Ghazlani military base, which lies near Mosul, after the victims refused to marry the militants.
The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Daesh mounted an offensive in June 2014.
The militants have been committing vicious crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others.
The Iraqi army together with fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units have been engaged in operations to liberate militant-held regions.