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Islamic State Militants Abduct 172 People in Iraq

© AFP 2022 / SADDAM HUSSEINAnti-government fighters, one holding a Jihadist flag, are accompanied by Iraqi youth as they ride on a captured Iraqi army vehicle through the streets of the western city of Fallujah on March 29, 2014
Anti-government fighters, one holding a Jihadist flag, are accompanied by Iraqi youth as they ride on a captured Iraqi army vehicle through the streets of the western city of Fallujah on March 29, 2014 - Sputnik International
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The Islamic State (IS) militants kidnapped 172 citizens in Fallujah city, Iraq.

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MOSCOW, January 16 (Sputnik) — The Islamic State (IS) militant group has kidnapped 172 people in Iraq, online newspaper Iraqi News reported, citing a security source.

According to the media outlet's Thursday report, the abductions took place in the city of Fallujah in Iraq's Anbar Province.

"The ISIL [Islamic State] terrorists kidnapped 172 citizens in Fallujah city due to accusing them for fo[r]ming Sahwa forces [paramilitary groups] that support the security sources," the source told Iraqi News.

According to earlier media reports, the Iraqi government lost control of Fallujah to IS extremists as early as January 2014.

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This is not the first time the IS has attacked Iraqi tribesmen in Anbar for attempting to prevent the group's advance. The militants reportedly murdered 67 men for being linked to paramilitary groups supported by the Iraqi government in November.

The Islamic State is a jihadist group that has taken large areas of Syria and Iraq, including the latter's second largest city Mosul, under its control. Infamous for their cruelty, the insurgents have kidnapped large numbers of people, including foreign military personnel and journalists. Last year, the IS released a number of videos showing its executions of journalists and aid workers.

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