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322 Iraqi tribespeople killed by ISIL: Ministry

Iran Press TV

Mon Nov 3, 2014 9:20AM GMT

At least 322 people from the same tribe, including many women and children, were killed by ISIL militants in Iraq's Anbar Province, says the country's Human Rights Ministry.

In a statement on Sunday, the Iraqi ministry announced the first official confirmation of the massacre since last week.

'The number of people killed by Islamic State from Albu Nimr tribe is 322. The bodies of 50 women and children have also been discovered dumped in a well,' the ministry noted.

A tribal leader said the systematic killings were ongoing.

Members of the Sunni Albu Nimr tribe said they had managed to fight ISIL militants for weeks before finally running out of ammunition and food last week, after the terrorists surrounded Zauiyat Albu Nimr village.

One of the tribe's leaders said that 75 people had been killed on Sunday, after being hunted down, shot at close range, and dumped near the town of Haditha.

About 15 high school and college students were reportedly among those killed in the village.

Anbar province, which borders war-ravaged Syria, has been a major stronghold of the ISIL elements and continues to be largely controlled by the terror group.

The ISIL terrorists currently control large areas of Syria and Iraq. They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.

SZH/NN/HRB



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