Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State has killed children of an Imam of a mosque in western Mosul as he refused to take part in fighting with the group, a local source said.
Speaking to Al Sumaria News on Tuesday, the source said “IS ordered the Imam to participate in battles against the security troops. After the Imam escaped, the militants raided his house and shot his children dead.”
“The crime came in revenge of the Imam who refused to obey the militants’ orders. It’s one of the crimes committed by the group to prove its presence in light of its frequent defeats,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.
Islamic State has executed hundreds of civilians and security members since it took over large areas in Iraq to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate” in 2014.
In related news, local sources in Mosul said IS militants have made children transfer explosive substances to places where vehicles are booby trapped in the western side of the city.
The children, according to the sources, were between 12-14 years old.
The sources added that the militants believe that this way would distract the security troops from reaching to places where vehicles are booby-trapped.
Iraqi government forces, backed by international coalition troops led by the United States, launched in October a major offensive to retake Mosul, IS’s largest base in Iraq. The eastern side was retaken in January, while another offensive was launched in February to recapture the west.