85 civilians were killed by ISIS terrorists in Hawija district, southwest of Kirkuk, according to an official from al-Hashed al-shaabi militia, Jabbar Maamouri.
“Intelligence reports indicate that at least 85 civilians were killed in a mass massacre carried out by ISIS in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk. The dead included women and children,” Mamoursi said. “Hundreds of families are being currently held hostage by the outfit.”
ISIS militants also detained thousands of civilians, on Thursday, who were trying to flee their villages located around the town of Hawija, UNHCR said.
“The terrorists have executed 61 civilians, among them a woman, by firing squad at a militant base on the outskirts of the town of Hawijah,” Hassan Mahmoud al-Soufi, a commander of popular forces, told the Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network on Saturday.
Another report published by the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) indicated that ISIS militants may have taken up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqi villagers as prisoners.
According to a report from the UN refugee agency, millions of Iraqi people have been displaced inside the country as a result of terrorist activities carried out by ISIS.