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IS kidnaps dozens of men in northern Iraq

IS group militants kidnap dozens of men in northern Iraq after the burning of the IS flag

IS kidnaps dozens of men in northern Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Tribal leaders say militants linked to the Islamic State group have rounded up dozens of men from two villages in northern Iraq following a quarrel that led to the burning of the extremist group's flag.

Two sheiks said Saturday that the militants entered a mosque in the village of al-Shajara during Friday prayers, removing flags commemorating the birth of Prophet Muhammad and hoisting their own black Islamic State group flag.

They said around 140 men were later taken from their homes in al-Shajara and from the nearby village of al-Ghariba, both outside the city of Kirkuk. About 100 of the men were later set free while the rest remained in captivity, they said.

The sheiks spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their own safety.

Updated : 2021-09-28 19:59 GMT+08:00