ISIS detains dozens in Iraqi town after rare street protest

Iraqi security forces, backed by Sunni and Shiite volunteers take combat positions during clashes with ISIS group militants at the front line in Anbar province, Iraq. (File: AP)

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants detained at least 70 people in a remote western Iraqi town on Saturday following a rare street demonstration protesting the extremist group’s execution of a local resident, security officials said.

They said the protest by hundreds of residents in Rutbah, in Anbar province, was triggered by the execution earlier on Saturday of Munir al-Kobeisi, a civil servant, for killing a member of the extremist group. The killing was part of a long-running blood feud between two local clans.

Eid Amash, a spokesman for Anbar’s provincial government, confirmed al-Kobeisi’s execution and the subsequent protest. Officials said they did not know the whereabouts of the detained residents.

Elsewhere in Anbar, much of which is under ISIS control, a roadside bomb on Saturday hit a border guard convoy making its way to the border crossing of Trebil on the Jordanian border, security officials said.

Five officers were killed in the attack, which bore the hallmarks of the ISIS group, whose militants are active in the area near the Jordanian and Syrian borders in western Iraq.

The officials also said a pair of roadside bombs killed five people and injured 19 south and west of Baghdad on Saturday. Also in the capital, assailants using pistols fitted with silencers killed two people in the Jihad neighborhood in western Baghdad before they fled in a car. Other details were not immediately available.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46