An ISIS militant executing Iraqi man in public. File photo
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DUHOK – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) on Friday executed 20 people in Mosul city of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province, claiming they’ve been conspiring against the so-called Caliphate, activists reported.
ISIS militants raided dozens of houses in Mosul city earlier this week, and arrested a number of people suspected of cooperating with Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the US-led coalition.
“The group claimed that after interrogations, 20 of the arrestees have been involved in supporting the Peshmerga forces and the western coalition that are combatting ISIS in Mosul,” head of Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News.
The victims were publicly executed in central Mosul on Friday afternoon, after a Sharia official read a statement describing them as “apostates, mercenaries and spies who deserved death”.
“ISIS militants called on the people of Mosul to gather in the central square in order to witness the execution of what the group said were mercenaries and enemies of the Caliphate,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News in Mosul.
“Families of the victims were also forced to joined the crowd and witness the brutal scene,” al-Malla reported. “They were executed by firing squad at the hands of masked ISIS militants.”
Mosul city, which is considered a de facto capital for ISIS in Iraq, has recently witnessed several campaigns of arrest and public executions. Most of the victims were civilians and media activists who have been accused of violating the group’s regulations or supporting hostile parties.
Reporting by: Chalak Haci
Source: ARA News