Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State executed ten members, including Arab leaders, in west of Mosul, a security source from the army’s Joint Operations Command was quoted saying.
“IS militants burnt the members to death in front of dozens of civilians and group fighters,” Brigadier General Mohamed al-Jabouri told BasNews on Tuesday. “The group informed the people that they were traitors who attempted fleeing.”
The militants included four Syrians and a Saudi national.
“The group burnt the members while being blindfolded and handcuffed,” Jabouri said.
The militants, according to Jabouri, blame their defeat in Mosul on treason and retreat by some leaders and fighters who breached their vows to the group and collaborated with security.
On Monday, news reports mentioned that the group executed one of its prominent doctors in Tal Afar and arrested all of his family members without providing details.
The group reportedly carried out emergency evacuations earlier this week at many of its main headquarters in the town over growing doubts on the people’s cooperation with security services.
A source was quoted earlier this month as saying that non-Iraqi IS militants executed the last local leader in Tal Afar and the town is currently run by Arab and foreign members after eliminating all the Iraqi leaders.
Tal Afar is one of the important strongholds still held by IS in Nineveh since August 2014.