Shiite militias turn Khurmatu into real hell
It is probably written in Kurmatu’s destiny to never behold quietness and peace. While the smell of burning and sound of explosions of the Sunni groups have not ended yet, the Shiite armed men have started planting bombs, killing and kidnapping the civilian people.
There is no day passing without explosions; almost every day someone is kidnapped or murdered. The Iraqi government has closed the courts since six months ago; this has made the Shiite militias to do whatever they want to without any reprisals.
On December 24, a Sunni Turkmen was kidnapped by the so-called Shiite militias near Khurmatu Police Station, and later found killed somewhere else in the town.
Two days later, which was Friday and this is regarded as a sacred day, the Khorasan Shiite militia kidnapped five Sunni Arab citizens in Askari Neighborhood.
The same day, some Shiite armed men stopped a truck that carried fuel and confiscated 600,000 Iraqi Dinars, the driver’s ID and the truck paperwork. Another truck with two passengers was stopped in the same day and one of the passengers was killed by unknown armed men.
A security source in Salahuddin revealed on Saturday that a Kurdish cleric was killed in Khurmatu district. The source said that the Imam, Saleh Jamal Taha, used to preach in Mullah Wahab Hussein mosque in the district.
According to the source, masked gunmen were traveling in a car opened fire on Mullah Saleh. Following the burial procession of Imam Salah mass protests ensued. People accused armed Shiite militiamen in the town of orchestrating the killing.
This is not the first crime committed by Shiite militia groups against Kurds. Previously many others have been kidnapped and several houses have been destroyed by the groups.
According to statistical reports by the security forces of the town, over 700 people have been killed in Kurmatu, and many have been kidnapped and no one knows what has happened to them.
Since the Islamic State militants forced the Iraqi army to desert their positions in June 2014, the Kurdistan Regional Government moved Peshmerga forces to fill the vacuum. The Kurdish forces have since controlled most of the “disputed territories”, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
Khurmatu, which is one of the disputed areas between Erbil and Baghdad, is inhabited by a mixed population of Kurds, Turkmen and Arabs. Now the town is under the control of Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The locals are fed up with all the violence. They look forward to a more peaceful existence.