Baghdad: The Islamic State (IS) terror organisation has executed more than 145 civilians for trying to flee the western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to a top security official.
The official told Efe news on Saturday that the civilians from al-Zanjili neighbourhood in western Mosul were executed after they were caught attempting to escape.
He pointed out that IS extremists hanged the bodies of the victims from electricity poles after declaring them apostates for trying to leave "the land of the caliphate".
Al-Bayati added that the civilians had also been accused of providing information to Iraqi security forces.
Iraqi government forces are now struggling to expel IS militants from the western part of Mosul, where some neighbourhoods are still controlled by the extremists.
The IS seized large swaths of northern Iraq in the summer of 2014 and proclaimed a caliphate in the territory under its control in that Arab country and neighbouring Syria.
It made the city of Mosul its main stronghold.
Published Date: May 14, 2017 10:23 am | Updated Date: May 14, 2017 10:23 am