Shi­ite mil­i­tants con­tinue kid­nap­ping Sun­nis

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It is rare for the peo­ple of Khur­ma­too town to spend one day with­out an ex­plo­sion, a ter­ror­ist ac­tion or a kid­nap­ping case. In the town, 60 km south of Kirkuk, this has be­come a nor­mal every­day life for the in­hab­i­tants.

After the Pesh­marga forces lib­er­ated the town from ISIS and drove them 40 km away from the town, the Shi­ite mil­i­tants have now taken the place of ISIS with the support of the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment and have been do­ing bomb­ings and kid­nap­pings.

Within 24 hours, 4 ex­plo- sions hap­pened in Askari Qr., which have left a num­ber of ca­su­al­ties from the civil­ians of the neigh­bor­hood.

Ac­cord­ing to sources from Khur­ma­too Se­cu­rity Depart­ment, the ex­trem­ist Shi­ite mil­i­tants have been do­ing th­ese to ac­cuse the Sun­nis of ter­ror­ist ac­tions in or­der to ar­rest them.

The source, on the con­di­tion of anonymity said that last week the Badr mil­i­tants, af­fil­i­ated with the Iraqi Min­is­ter of Hu­man Rights, have kid­napped 4 Sunni men, among them Turko­mans from Yangija sub-dis­trict, from the Askari and Teen neigh­bor­hoods of Khur­ma­too.

The where­abouts of the kid­napped men are still un­known.

The se­cu­rity forces said the kid­nap­ping was done after the ex­plo­sions and the 4 men have been ac­cused of in­volve­ment in the ex­plo­sions.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion avail­able, most of the ex­plo­sions have tar­geted the houses of the Sunni Arab res­i­dents of Khur­ma­too.

There are 8 Shi­ite mil­i­tant groups inside Khur­ma­too bor­ders, whose head­quar­ters are in Amerly sub-dis­trict.

After the ISIS were pushed back from the area, more than 40 Sunni pop­u­lated vil­lages went un­der the con­trol of the Shi­ite mil­i­tant groups, and most of their houses were looted and burned to the ground. The res­i­dents of those ar­eas were dis­placed to the cen­ter of Khur­ma­too, but now as they are be­com­ing the tar­get again, they are forced to leave the town and re­set­tle in Kirkuk in­stead.

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