Takfiri ISIL militants have reportedly burned to death 50 civilians in Iraq’s violence-plagued western province of al-Anbar, in a brutal execution similar to the one previously carried out on a Jordanian pilot.
Provincial sources, requesting anonymity, said the men were killed in the town of Hit, located about 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad, Iraq’s public broadcaster al-Iraqiya TV reported on Saturday.
The development comes less than a week after ISIL members torched to death at least 45 people in the conflict-ridden city of Khan al-Baghdadi, situated about 180 kilometers (110 miles) northwest of Baghdad.
The identities of those killed by ISIL in Khan al-Baghdadi have not been released, but local police chief, Colonel Qasim al-Obeidi, said on February 17 that many of the victims were believed to have been security forces.
On February 6, ISIL extremists burnt 16 Iraqis to death in the western al-Islah neighborhood of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers (248 miles) north of Baghdad, after the men refused to pledge allegiance to the terrorist group’s leader, Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.
The terrorists have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against all Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.
Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have recently succeeded in driving the ISIL terrorists out of some areas in Iraq.