Baku. 21 February. REPORT.AZ/ The Islamic State (IS) militants burned up to 43 people alive, in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said Saturday.
Report informs citing foreign media, earlier, IS fighters captured those 43 Iraqis from the albu-Obeid Sunni tribe in the battlefield town of al-Baghdadi, some 200 km northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, said the source.
The abducted were believed to be local police and government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group members, and were later transferred to the nearby militants-seized town of Heet, the source added, adding that the extremist militants put the victims in iron cages and set fire to them.
The executions came after the killing of some 70 others during the past ten days when the IS militants carried out major attacks on al-Baghdadi and the nearby air base of Ain al-Asad which is housing hundreds of U.S. Marines.
However, their attacks on the air base were repelled by security forces and U.S. aircraft, while fighting continued in the town after Iraqi troops regained control of large parts of it.
Meanwhile, the militants laid a siege to a neighborhood in al-Baghdadi town housing dozens of families of security members and Sahwa fighters, said the source, who confirmed that the residents are facing acute shortage in food and drinking water, as well as in weapons and ammunition.
Ain al-Asad military base is used by Iraqi military forces, as well as roughly 300 U.S. Marines as military trainers and advisers.