Iraq: Daesh abducts almost 120 schoolchildren in Mosul

Published April 12th, 2015 - 09:02 GMT
The whereabouts of the victims remains unknown. (AFP/File)
The whereabouts of the victims remains unknown. (AFP/File)

Daesh abducted nearly 120 schoolchildren in the southern and western districts of the crisis-hit city of Mosul, as they continue to wreak havoc in areas under their control.

A local source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Daesh militants stormed a number of schools in al-Qayyarah, al-Shura, Badoush and al-Baaj neighborhoods of the city, located some 400 kilometers (248 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, on Sunday, and kidnapped the children, Iraq’s al-Sumaria satellite TV network reported.

The source further noted that the fate and whereabouts of the abductees are unknown.

Meanwhile, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official Saeed Mamouzini said that Daesh had executed 21 of its members in Mosul who had been injured in clashes with Iraqi security forces. The wounded were reportedly shot to death in public.

According to reports on Saturday, Daesh executed more than 30 people, including women and children, in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, after accusing them of cooperation with the security forces and government-backed groups.

A provincial security source, requesting anonymity, said 33 people were captured by the milotants on April 10, when they overran Albu Farraj area, located north of the provincial capital of Ramadi. 

Late Friday, the Daesh killed 15 people on the alleged ground that they had collaborated with Iraqi security forces and Baghdad-backed Sunni paramilitary groups, the source said, adding that 18 other Albu Farraj residents were also put to death later for similar reasons. 

“All the victims were shot dead with bullets in their heads,” the source said.

Daesh militants are said to have attacked Albu Farraj area from several directions on Friday. 

The unnamed source, meanwhile, added that dozens of families were forced to leave their homes for Ramadi due to the fighting. 

Daesh launched an offensive in Iraq in June last year and took control of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, before sweeping through parts of the country’s heartland.  

Editor's noteThis article has been edited from the source material

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