3 000 fleeing Iraqis seized by ISIS

2016-08-05 18:38

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Baghdad - Fighters from ISIS have reportedly captured up to 3 000 fleeing villagers in northern Iraq, according to the UN refugee agency.

In its daily report on events in Iraq, UNHCR said on Friday that 12 of the captives had been executed by ISIS.

"UNHCR has received reports that ISIS captured on 4 August up to 3 000 IDPs (internally displaced people) from villages in Hawiga district in Kirkuk governorate trying to flee to Kirkuk city," UNHCR said.

"Reportedly, 12 of the IDPs have been killed in captivity."

The oil-rich Kirkuk province is divided between areas mainly controlled by the Kurdish autonomous region and areas held by ISIS.

It is at the centre of a territorial dispute between the Kurds and the central government in the capital, Baghdad.

ISIS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014 but has since lost ground to Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes and other fighters.

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