The terrorist group of ISIS has executed dozens of civilians in Mosul City of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate on charges of spying for “enemy forces”, activists and eyewitnesses reported on Thursday.
This comes amid intensifying military operations by the Iraqi forces against the ISIS main Iraqi bastion of Mosul, where the group has lost key areas to the Kurdish and Iraqi troops in the past three weeks.
Local sources said that the ISIS-led Police, also known as Diwan al-Hisba, arrested more than 40 people earlier on Wednesday.
“At least 32 arrestees were executed on Thursday by fighting squad after ISIS accused them of leaking information about the group’s deployments in Mosul city,” head of Nineveh Media Centre Raafat al-Zarari said.
“The arrested men were charged with treason,” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla said. “They were publicly executed in central Mosul on Thursday.”
Muhammad Abd-Rabouh, a member of the Iraqi Parliament, said that the recent executions indicate a state of panic among ISIS ranks.
“As the Iraqi forces continue their progress towards the heart of Mosul city, ISIS tries to show the people that it’s still in control,” the Iraqi MP said. “Publicly executing innocent civilians in such a brutal way on charges of spying and treason is a clear indication to the group’s collapse inside Mosul.”
“Soon Mosul will be liberated, and the world won’t see such barbaric acts in this city anymore,” he said.