ISIL Takfiris abduct 29 tribesmen in northern Iraq
Members of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group have abducted tens of tribesmen in Iraq’s troubled northern province of Salahuddin, as they continue to wreak havoc in the areas under their control.
A local source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Thursday that the Takfiri militants kidnapped 29 members of al-Ubaid tribe from an area north of the city of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad, at gunpoint, Iraq’s al-Sumaria satellite TV network reported.
The source added that the fate and whereabouts of the abductees remain unknown.
In another development, ISIL terrorists amputated the hands of three women without specifying why on Thursday evening.
The terrorists also publicly flogged five people in the militant-held city of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers (248 miles) north of Baghdad, after accusing them of seeking to contact their relatives by mobile phone. The ISIL has warned that anyone who attempts to get in touch with their next of kin by mobile phone or is found in possession of a SIM card would receive 30 lashes.
Iraqi soldiers, fighters killed in clashes with ISIL
Meanwhile, at least 16 Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer fighters have been killed in clashes with the ISIL militants in Salahuddin.
The ISIL Takfiris launched an attack on a military base outside the town of Dijla, located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of Baghdad, late on Wednesday. The battles between the ISIL militants and Iraqi forces continued until early Thursday, when reinforcement troops mounted a counterattack against the extremists.
Eleven soldiers and volunteer fighters were wounded in the fighting. Dozens of ISIL militants were also killed or wounded.
The ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.
The terrorists have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against all Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.
Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have succeeded in driving the ISIL terrorists out of some areas in Iraq.