Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A family of six members were killed and injured due to a bomb blast that targeted families fleeing Islmaic State-held regions, north of Salahuddin, a local source said.
“Three members of one family were killed, while three others were wounded as a bomb, planted by IS at the region of Hamreen mountains,” the source, who preferred anonymity, told AlSumaria News on Monday.
“The blast targeted the families fleeing regions held by IS militants in Hawija town, southwest of Kirkuk, and the surrounding villages,” he said, adding that many civilians were killed and injured over the past few days as families were fleeing through dangerous roads.
The militants, according to the source, “banned families from fleeing in order to use them as human shields.”
Hawija, located 55 KM west of Kirkuk, has been held by IS since mid-2014, when the group emerged to proclaim an Islamic “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria. The group executed dozens of civilians and security members there, forcing thousands to flee homes.
Dozens of residents from Hawija and the regions in its vicinity escape to Kirkuk province on a daily basis. Despite the risky routes to the freed regions, the civilians prefer death to staying under IS control.
IS still holds a few areas in each of Anbar, Salahuddin, Diyala and Kirkuk.