Shia paramilitary group accused of kidnapping over 7,000 civilians in Iraq

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People who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, stand in line to receive food. File photo

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A member of the Iraqi Parliament on Tuesday accused the Shia paramilitary Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) of kidnapping more than 7,000 Iraqi citizens.

Iraqi MP Badr al-Fahl said that the PMU is holding the kidnapped in four separate prisons.

“These four prisons held by the PMU include more than 7 thousand kidnapped from the people of Salah al-Din and other provinces,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

In the meantime, Amnesty International accused the PMU of kidnapping about 650 Iraqis during operations to restore Fallujah city last year.

Under the banner “Where are they”, Amnesty launched a campaign to find out the predestination of the kidnapped civilians.

The Iranian-backed Shia units have been working with the Iraqi military forces in the fight against ISIS. The PMU has recently taken control of several Iraqi areas on the border with Syria after ISIS expulsion.

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