The Islamic State (ISIS) group has executed more than 2,000 people in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul since seizing it last year, officials said Friday, according to AFP.
Parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi confirmed "the execution of more than 2,000 innocent citizens at the hands of the terrorist Daesh organization," his office said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
Sources in and around Mosul told AFP that a total of 2,070 people were executed since IS took Iraq's second city on June 10, 2014.
The names of 2,070 people were posted on a list compiled by the jihadist organization, some of which was displayed on a wall of the local health ministry branch, several residents said.
The list came with an order by ISIS, which has administered Mosul since taking over last year, for the ministry staff to deliver death certificates.
A source at the ministry's department of forensic medicine confirmed that the list had been received.
The source said the people whose names were listed were accused by ISIS of "promoting ideas that distort Islam".
A senior security official who used to be based in Mosul and still monitors ISIS activities there gave the same number of 2,070, saying it covered a period starting on June 10, 2014 and applied to the entire Nineveh province.
ISIS controls most of Nineveh, of which Mosul is the capital.
The group seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria last year, declaring an Islamic “caliphate” in those areas.
In Syria, meanwhile, it was reported earlier Friday that ISIS had abducted 230 civilians, including at least 60 Christians, in the central Syrian town of Al-Qaryatain, which ISIS jihadists captured late Wednesday.
Al-Qaryatain lies at the crossroads between ISIS territory in the eastern countryside of Homs and areas further west in the Qalamun area.
It had a pre-war population of 18,000, including Sunni Muslims and around 2,000 Syriac Catholics and Orthodox Christians.
According to a Syrian Christian who lives in Damascus but is originally from Al-Qaryatain, the town's Christian population has dropped to only 300.
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