500 Turkmen Women and Children Kidnaped by Islamic State

So far about 500 Turkmen women and children from the Iraqi disputed regions has been kidnapped by the Islamic State militant in northern Iraq, according to the head of Turkmen women’s Association. 

Himan Ramzi, the head of Turkmen women’s Association exclusively told BasNews that about 500 Turkmen women and children has been kidnapped by the IS militants from Tel Afar and Mosul and criticizes the Iraqi, Turkmen and Kurdish authorities of not doing anything to rescue them. 

“After the Islamic State militants attacked the Turkmen towns and villages near Mosul, they kidnapped hundreds of Turkmen women and children and currently about 500 Turkmen women and children are held by the extremists group,” said Ramzi from Iraqi Kurdistan Capital Erbil. 

She said out of that number 120 of them are children and the rest are women. “The militants has told those women to call their families to come and bring them back, but the families won’t go,” added the head of Turkmen women’s Association. 

She also reveals that the militants have raped some of the women and 25 of them were raped in front of their relatives in a Turkmen village near Mosul and then tied to electricity poles and tortured. She also said that Turkmen officials have not anything to try and free those women and children. 

Since the start of June, when Islamic State militant attacked Mosul and took over the city and all the towns and villages near Mosul, the Jihadi group has kidnapped hundreds of Yazidi, Christians and Turkmen women and children in those areas. 

by Hoshmand Sadiq
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