BAGHDAD: Isil militants burned up to 43 people alive inside iron cages in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said on Saturday.
Daesh fighters captured the 43 Iraqis from the albu-Obeid Sunni tribe in the battlefield town of Al Baghdadi, some 200km northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Xinhua news agency reported citing the source.
Those abducted were believed to be local police and government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group members, and were later transferred to the nearby militants-held town of Heet, the source said.
The terrorists, according to the source, put the victims in iron cages and set fire to them in a chilling reminder of the murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz Al Kasasbeh last month in Syria.
The executions came after the killing of some 70 others during the past 10 days when the Daesh militants carried out major attacks on Al Baghdadi and the nearby air base of Ain Al Asad which houses hundreds of US Marines.
However, their attacks on the air base were repelled by security forces and US aircraft, while fighting continued in the town after Iraqi troops regained control of large parts of it.
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