The Islamic State (Daesh) abducted 385 civilians late Thursday, including women and children, in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, a senior Iraqi army official told Anadolu Agency.
“The security sources have confirmed that Daesh stopped 260 civilians in Zeibat village who were trying to run away from Kirkuk’s Havice district toward Peshmerga-held regions,” Capt. Khamid al-Obeidi said, adding that a separate group of 125 civilians were stopped in the village of Hamel in southern Kirkuk.
Al-Obeidi said the abductees are at risk of death because the militant group usually threatens to kill runaways.
All of the victims have been returned to Havice, according to al-Obeidi.