ISIL executes Iraqi reporter in Mosul for ‘spying’
The Takfiri ISIL terrorist group has executed an Iraqi journalist in the country’s northern city of Mosul over “spying,” local officials say.
A former local security officer and a medical source, whose names were not mentioned in reports, confirmed on Saturday the death by firing squad of 27-year-old Jala al-Abadi in the capital of Nineveh Province on Wednesday.
Abadi, who had worked both as a journalist and a cameraman for over 10 years, had been held in captivity for 41 days after being kidnapped from his home on June 4.
A father of two, he had left Mosul back in June 2014 but returned to the city earlier this year. He was kidnapped before he could leave again and was charged by ISIL with “leaking information” about the terrorist group to the national press.
Mohammed al-Bayati, the head of the Nineveh Media Network, condemned Abadi’s execution by ISIL and called on the United Nations (UN) to support the bereaved families of all the reporters murdered by the Takfiri group.
Abadi was reportedly the 15th journalist from Mosul to have been executed by the ISIL militants.
ISIL, which has had Mosul under its control since June 10, 2014, issued guidelines to journalists in October that year saying they must declare allegiance to the terrorist group in order to obtain approval for their reports.
ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June last year. The heavily armed militants took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s 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, and Shia and Sunni volunteers are engaged in battles with the militants to drive them out of the areas they have under control.