Gunmen from the Islamic State terror group lined up and shot dead at least 50 men and women from the U.S.-allied Albu Nimr tribe in the middle of the night. Such killings are being witnessed on a daily basis, an official says.
The killing took place in the village of Ras al-Maa, north of the provincial capital of Ramadi, Friday night/Saturday morning, according to The Associated Press.
The terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, accused the tribesmen and women of retaliating for being displaced from their homes when the group took control over the Anbar town of Hit in October, Anbar councilman Faleh al-Issawi was quoted as saying.
“These killings are taking place almost on a daily basis now in the areas under the control of the Islamic State group and they will continue unless this terrorist group is stopped,” al-Issawi added.
The men and women from the Sunni tribe, which is considered among the last holdouts against ISIS in Iraq’s western desert, were taken from their homes in the middle of the night, according to CNN.
The tribe has a strong force ready to attack Hit, but they are awaiting the final approval from the government and trying to coordinate with the Americans, Sheikh Nabil Al-Ga’oud, a tribal leader, was quoted as saying.
About 200 bodies of members of Albu Nimr, who were apparently captured after ISIS took control of the area, were found in a mass grave just outside Hit earlier this week.