Shiite militants continue kidnapping Sunnis
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.