Islamic State executes civilians over cooperation with Iraqi army, west of Mosul

Islamic State militants. File photo

Mosul ( Five civilians were executed after being kidnapped by Islamic State on Thursday in Baaj town, west of Mosul, a source from the Iraqi army was quoted saying on Friday.

Speaking to BasNews website, Col. Thamer Abdullah said “Islamic State members executed five civilians after being previously abducted.” They were executed for gathering information about the militant group and cooperation with the Iraqi army in west of Mosul, Abdullah said adding that “the bodies of the victims were transferred to the health department in Baaj.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

A total of 75 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 179 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September 2018, according to casualty figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad came on top of the worst affected Governorate, with 101 civilian casualties (31 killed, 70 injured), followed by Anbar (15 killed and 37 injured).

In December, Iraq announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

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