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 Bodies of five victims, including mayor, killed by IS, found northwest of Kirkuk

Security forces find mass grave in Mosul. File photo.

Bodies of five victims, including mayor, killed by IS, found northwest of Kirkuk

Security forces find mass grave in Mosul. File photo.
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Five bodies of victims, slain by Islamic State militants, were found northwest of Kirkuk province, head of Dibs district said.

In remarks on Tuesday, Abdullah Nour Eddin said one of the victims was the mayor of the village, while the rest were relatives.

The militants, according to Nour Eddin, were affiliated to Islamic State, who planted a bomb there.

IS still holds three towns in western Anbar close to the borders with Syria, in addition to a few areas in Salahuddin, Diyala and Kirkuk. The Iraqi government is expected to aim at those strongholds once the Mosul battle is concluded.

The group executed dozens of civilians for either attempting to flee the town or for collaboration with security forces, forcing thousands to flee toward refugee camps or neighboring provinces.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during the month of June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

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