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ISIS captures about 3,000 people fleeing violence in Iraq: UN report

Updated: Aug 06, 2016 16:32 IST      
ISIS captures about 3,000 people fleeing violence in Iraq: UN report

New York, Aug. 6 (ANI): The United Nations has said the ISIS militants have captured up to 3,000 people displaced from their homes trying to flee conflict zones in northern Iraq, reportedly killing 12 of them.

The UN refugee agency said yesterday that it had received reports that ISIS rounded up the thousands of internally displaced people on Thursday from villages as they tried to escape to the city of Kirkuk, reports CNN.

"Reportedly, 12 of the IDPs (internally displaced people) have been killed in captivity," the agency said in its daily Iraq update.

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights also said on Thursday that an estimated 100 to 120 ISIS militants had captured around 1,900 civilians, whom they were using as human shields in fighting the Iraqi forces.

The move is the latest by ISIS militants to retain their grasp on swaths of the country as Iraqi forces, backed by US-led airstrikes, try to recapture Mosul, ISIS' most significant stronghold outside Syria.

The operation to liberate Mosul has been underway for months and involves coordination between Iraq's military, Kurdish forces and the US-led airstrikes.

According to UN data there are more than four million internally displaced persons in Iraq.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had earlier said that the ISIS had committed "heinous crimes" that may constitute war crimes and genocide. (ANI)

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Miami: Mall in lockdown amid reports of 'active shooter'

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 08:48 IST     

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Five PKK terrorists killed in Turkey

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 06:49 IST     

Ankara [Turkey], August 20 (ANI): Turkey security forces have killed at least five PKK terrorists in eastern and southeastern Turkey.

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US approves $500 mn grant for Nepal

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 06:17 IST     

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Train Station evacuated in France after armed men spotted

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 06:06 IST     

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'Terror cell dismantled responsible for Barcelona attack'

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 04:43 IST     

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Barcelona police raids house of Imam

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 02:30 IST     

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Trump hints at 'decision' on Afghanistan strategy

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 21:46 IST     

Washington D.C. [United States], Aug. 19 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Saturday indicated that he has made a decision on the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan following high level meeting with his national security team at Camp David.

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Siberian Stabbing: ISIS claims responsibility

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 20:22 IST     

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Musharraf is 'butcher of Balochistan': Baloch activist

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 19:45 IST     

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Spain: 'Level 4' threat alert post Barcelona terror attack

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 18:59 IST     

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