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Daesh abducted 385 civilians in northern Iraq

Daesh abducted 385 civilians in northern Iraq

Daesh late Thursday, abducted 385 civilians, including women and children, in this northern Iraqi city, a senior Iraqi army official told Anadolu Agency.

"The security sources have confirmed that Daesh stopped 260 civilians in Zeibat village who were trying to run away from Kirkuk's Havice district toward Peshmerga-held regions," Capt. Khamid al-Obeidi said, adding that a separate group of 125 civilians were stopped in the village of Hamel in southern Kirkuk.

Al-Obeidi said the abductees are at risk of death because the terror group usually threatens to kill runaways.

All of the victims have been returned to Havice, according to al-Obeidi.