Depraved ISIS militants burned 12 people alive after catching them trying to flee an extremist stronghold, it has been claimed.
According to a source cited by al-Sumeiryeh news, the captives had their hands tied and were forced into metal cages before being set alight. The poor victims were screaming as they were burning.
The terrified victims, including a family of four, were thrown into cages and doused in oil before being set ablaze in Hawija in northern Iraq’s Kirkuk Province.
The gruesome execution comes after it emerged that an ISIS preacher and leader was executed by the militants after he accidentally suggested that the group’s leader had died.
Senior ISIS leader and preacher, Abu Qutaiba was burned to death in the group’s stronghold town of Tal Afar, according to a source quoted on Alsumaria News, an independent Iraqi satellite TV network.
The brainwashed thugs accused the civilians of trying to flee to Kirkuk city, a “well-placed source” told al-Sumeiryeh.
The news comes as ISIS’ control in Iraq continues to slip away as the Iraqi army continues to push the fighters out of the Old City of Mosul and into a corner next to the Tigris river.
The number of ISIS militants fighting in Mosul has dwindled from thousands at the start of the government offensive more than eight months ago to a mere couple of hundred now, according to the Iraqi military.
Iraqi forces say they expect to reach the Tigris and gain full control of the city by the end of this week.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is expected to visit Mosul to formally declare victory, and a week of nationwide celebrations is planned.
Mosul was the largest city captured by the Islamist extremists almost three years ago which was deemed to be the capital of the “caliphate” by the terrorists, which at its height covered large parts of Iraq and Syria.
Military spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, told state TV: “Victory is very near, only 300 meters separate the security forces from the Tigris.”
Mr Abadi declared the end of ISIS’ “state of falsehood” on Thursday, after the security forces took Mosul’s medieval Grand al-Nuri mosque.
It was from here that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first and only video appearance, proclaiming himself “caliph” – the ruler of a theocratic Islamic state – on July 4, 2014.