Wednesday, 01 December 2021 01:21 GMT

Daesh kidnapps Iraqi security forces, threatens to kill


(MENAFN) Daesh militants have kidnapped six members of Iraq's security forces and threatened to kill them in three days unless the government releases Sunni Muslim female prisoners, the group said on Saturday.

In a video posted by the group's Amaq news agency, six men with noticeable injuries on their faces appear sitting on the floor with two masked gunmen, pointing assault rifles at them, standing behind. Daesh's black banner hangs in the background.

Iraq's military spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

In the video, the men identify themselves as members of Iraq"s police or the Popular Mobilisation Forces, an umbrella grouping of mostly Shia Iran-backed militias that fought with government forces against Daesh and nominally report to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

"I implore the central government of Haider al-Abadi and the Anbar provincial government, we are now with the Daesh, and we have three days. If the demand to release Sunni women from prisons is not met, we will all be killed," said one of the hostages.

"We give the Rafidi government three days to release all Sunni detainees from prisons in exchange for releasing these apostates, or else their fate will be that of their predecessors," said one of the gunmen, using a slur for Shias regularly employed by Daesh .

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