ISIS burned alive 45 people in Iraqi
ISIS has burned 45 people to death in a western Iraqi town it seized last week, according to the police chief there. This comes weeks after ISIS released a video of a captive being burned to death, and as the militant group is being investigated for selling organs around Iraq.
Islamic State militants burned 45 people to death in the Iraqi town al-Baghdadi, a local police chief said.
ISIS fighters attacked the western Iraqi town for several months before seizing most of it last week. They are now reportedly attacking a compound housing the families of security forces and local government officials.
Some of the burned victims are believed to be security guards, but it’s still unclear who all of them are or why they were burned, police chief Col Qasim al-Obeidi told the BCC.
The reports have yet to be confirmed.
This is the first time in several months that ISIS has taken control of new territory, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
The town is among the few still controlled by the Iraqi government in Anbar province, a region that ISIS started attacking last January.
It’s also five miles away from an air base where about 320 US Marines are training members of the Iraqi army. That base was attacked by ISIS militants and suicide bombers last Friday.
Adding to the group’s reign of terror, the U.N. Security Council announced Tuesday it’s investigating claims that ISIS is selling human organs to pay for its cruel crusades, particularly its incursion in Iraq. Bodies with surgical incisions and missing body parts have been found in shallow graves around the country over the past few weeks.
ISIS has been executing people in droves and using barbaric methods, such as beheading and crucifixation, and publicizing some of the deaths in videos.
ISIS released a video in early February of captured Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive in a cage, the first time it publicized that method of murder.