Kid­napped in Xur­matu since the Be­gin­ning of this Year

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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