Islamic State militants have executed dozens of prisoners from villages the group has been forced to abandon amid an Iraqi army advance on Mosul.
The executions took place in recent days, Reuters reports, citing officials in the region.
Most of those killed were former members of the Iraqi police and army who had lived in areas under Islamic State control south of Mosul, Abdul Rahman al-Waggaa, a member of the Nineveh provincial council, said.
The militants forced them to leave their homes with their families and took them to the town of Hammam Al-Alil, 15 km (9 miles) south of Mosul, where the executions took place.
The men were shot dead, he said, quoting some of the remaining residents of the villages and people displaced from the area.
The executions were meant “to terrorize the others, those who are in Mosul in particular”, and also to get rid of the prisoners, he said.
“Daesh (Islamic State) was taking families from each village it left,” said Waggaa.
Separately, Hoshiyar Zebari, an influential Kurdish politician, told Reuters that at least 65 people had been executed by Islamic State south of Mosul three days ago.
The militants started rounding up hostages in the villages of Al-Hudd and Al-Lazzaga after a revolt broke out against them a week ago to aid the army’s advance, Zebari said.
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