Militants of the Islamic State. File photo
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Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – An internal clash in the ranks of the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed lives of 17 militants in an Iraqi town, an official said on Monday.
Rifts hit the ranks of the radical group over money and power in Baaj region west of Mosul, leading to a violent clash during which a total of 17 ISIS members were killed, according to Saeed Mamouzini, the media official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul.
“A clash broke out today between two parties of ISIS in Baaj region western Mosul on the background of problems because of money distribution and power,” Mamouzini told local media on Monday.
“The first group was led by Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Afri and the other group was led by Abu Janah al-Musli,” he said. “The clashes led to the death of 17 fighters from the two parties.”
Mamouzini added that ISIS is witnessing a state of fragmentation and divisions.
This comes as the group released a video showing the hanging of four prisoners over a fire and burning them alive.
The men, wearing orange jumpsuits, were hung over hot flames as ISIS jihadis watch on.
Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri