Friday, 21 October 2016

ISIS attacks Iraqi city of Kirkuk as Mosul offensive intensifies

The United Nations said Friday it is "gravely worried" that ISIS has taken 550 families from villages around Mosul and is using them as human shields at the militant group's "offices and locations" in the city.

Ravina Shamdasani, deputy spokeswoman for the UN Human Rights Office, told CNN that 200 families from Samalia village and 350 families from Najafia were forced out on Monday and taken to Mosul in what appears to be "an apparent policy by ISIS to prevent civilians escaping."

ISIS militants had earlier attacked several security buildings in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials said, as Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the terror group for control of the second-largest city of Mosul.

Dozens of militants targeted four police stations and Kurdish security offices in Kirkuk, spreading themselves out through several residential neighborhoods. The clashes were ongoing in the southern part of the city as of Friday morning, security officials said.

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