Kidnapped in Xurmatu since the Beginning of this Year
The security incidents of Xurmatu have taken over the newspaper and websites’ first pages; when this city’s name is heard, we think of the violent acts directly. This has put a lot of pressure on the citizens.
ISIS and the Sunni violent groups are not able to commit such violent atrocities. These illegal activities are mostly done by Shiites against the Sunnis. In a relatively small city like Xurmatu( 60 km south of Kirkuk), which is part of Kurdistan but severed from it by the former regime, kidnapping people and then throwing them into ditches has become so frequent that people no longer care about it. They go on with their lives and they act as though nothing has happened.
According to statistics gotten by "Hewler" newspaper, 31 people have been kidnapped in Xurmatu since the beginning of this year and most of them had their bodies thrown on the road- sides. This data show that most of the victims have been Sunni Arabs and Turkmens. Shiite armed groups such as Badir, Asayib, Ahlu al-haq, Hizbullah, and Xurasani are responsible for these crimes. They target the refugees who have fled their villages in fear of ISIS. The illegal Shiite militias believe that the Sunni Arabs and Turkmen refugees are collaborating with the ISIS. Therefore, they do not hesitate to take revenge on them.
Last Wednesday, one of the citizens in near the shops of ironmongers in Askari neighborhood was kidnapped and later was found dead. This man was 50 years old and was a guard of the high-school in the area. In addition, four Sunni Arabs were abducted in the same neighborhood and only two of their dead bodies have been found. On the Baghdad-Samara road, the Director of the office of the citizenship who was Sunni and originally from Sleman-bag, was kidnapped along with four of his bodyguards and until now there is no news about them.
In recent days, 3 health employees after they finished their work and left their office, were kidnapped and again no sign of their survival. Furthermore, the same Shiite groups have also abducted 8 workers in the Silo of Xurmatu, four of them were freed and the rest are nowhere to be found.
People in the Askari and Tin neighborhoods in the west of the town constantly hear explosions. The areas are known for their security instability. Many Kurdish families used to live in these two places but due to the security circumstances they left to other safer places of the city. Very few Kurdish families have stayed in these neighborhoods where the Shiite militia freely roam.