ISIL Takfiris kidnap 40 citizens in northern Iraq

ISIL Takfiris kidnap 40 citizens in northern Iraq
# 06 February 2015 02:23 (UTC +04:00)

The Takfiri militants kidnapped 40 citizens in the city of Shirqat, located some 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, on Wednesday, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The fate and whereabouts of the abductees remain unknown, added the source, noting that a number of police officers and local authorities are among those taken hostage.

The development comes as the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has recorded “several cases of mass executions as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive” by ISIL terrorists.

ISIL uses Iraqi boys under the age of 18 as bombers, bomb makers, or human shields, said the UN agency, adding that many Iraqi children have also been captured and sold as slaves in markets.

ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of the city of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.

The terrorists have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against all Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.

Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have recently succeeded in driving ISIL militants out of some areas in Iraq.

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