Iraq

ISIL Takfiri militants abduct 50 Iraqis in Kirkuk

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The Takfiri ISIL militants have abducted 50 people in an area west of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, sources say.

Iraqi intelligence sources said on Sunday that the abductees are former members of the military, police and tribal militias, and the kidnappings were carried out in the Riyaz area.

The militants accused them of planning to form groups to confront the ISIL, which currently controls parts of eastern Syria and Iraq’s northern and western regions.

Earlier this month, the militants abducted 50 people from another village in the province of Kirkuk after residents set fire to one of their positions and their flag. However, they were released several days later.

According to Amnesty International, the ISIL has so far kidnapped thousands of civilians in northern Iraq.

The rights group says ISIL is carrying out “systematic ethnic cleansing,” including mass killings of ethnic and religious minorities in the country.

The ISIL terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

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