The ISIL has abducted over 70 teenagers from Hawijah town in Iraq’s Northern Kirkuk province in less than one week, a commander of the Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd al-Sha’abi) said.
“Based on intel from Hawijah, the ISIL has kidnapped over 70 teenagers in this region and is keeping them in prison under the pretext of interrogation and investigation,” Jabbar al-Ma’mouri said on Wednesday.
He also said that the ISIL seeks to turn the teenagers into suicide bombers by brainwashing them.
Last week reports from Kirkuk said that the ISIL terrorists executed tens of civilians in Kirkuk province as they were trying to escape from Takfiri militants.
Hassan Mahmoud al-Soufi, a commander of popular forces, told the Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network on Saturday that terrorists executed 61 people, among them a woman, by firing squad at a militant base on the outskirts of the town of Hawijah.
An earlier report provided by the UN refugee agency UNHCR had disclosed that the ISIL terrorists may have captured up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqi villagers.
The report followed a statement on Thursday from the Iraqi Observatory for Human rights, which said about 1,900 civilians had been captured by an estimated 100-120 ISIL terrorists.
The observatory said ISIL was using people as shields against attacks by Iraqi security forces, adding scores of civilians had been executed, and six burnt.
The report said the Takfiri group had captured the internally displaced people from villages in Hawijah District in Kirkuk Governorate trying to flee to Kirkuk city.
The Iraqi army and volunteer forces are preparing for a final push to dislodge ISIL from Mosul.