ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) have executed 20 civilians in Mosul city of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province, local sources reported on Sunday.
The victims, including 19 young men and a woman, were arrested by the ISIS-led Islamic Police last week on various charges.
The ISIS-linked Sharia Court in Mosul issued a statement regarding the reasons behind the execution of the twenty civilians.
“The woman was accused of committing adultery, nine men were accused of spying for hostile parties, and ten others were arrested on charges of apostasy and violating the ISIS regulations in Mosul,” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News in Mosul, citing a statement by the Sharia Court.
“They were publicly executed by firing squad. Hundreds of people have been invited to witness the brutal execution,” al-Malla reported.
This comes just one days after ISIS extremists beheaded three civilians in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province on charges of spying for the Kurdish Peshmerga force. The three victims were arrested by ISIS militants on Friday evening while trying to escape the Safina village of the Qayyarah district in southern Mosul.
The Sharia Court in Mosul claimed that interrogations revealed the involvement of the three young men in leaking security information about the group to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, local sources reported.
“By such executions, ISIS is trying to send a message to the Peshmerga, Iraqi army and the US-led coalition that the group is still powerful and is able to uncover any attempts to leak security information about its activities to those forces,” head of Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News