ISIL executed 70 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq

Relatives of Sunni tribesman, who have been battling ISIL alongside Iraqi security forces, were allegedly executed by ISIL

ISIL executed 70 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

Seventy members of the Al Bu Nimr tribe were reportedly shot dead in the village of Khanizir, in Anbar province, on Sunday night.

Reports said the tribesmen were killed because they had relatives serving in the Iraqi security forces.

The Al Bu Nimr have played an important role in battling ISIL for years.

In 2014, ISIL fighters killed more than 500 members of the tribe, but its leaders vowed to fight on.

The tribe, which is believed to include more than half a million people, confronted ISIL after it seized control of swathes of western and northern Iraq in June 2014.

Members of the tribe also helped the U.S. military counter al-Qaeda in Iraq during the so-called "Sunni Awakening" in 2006 and 2007.

Men targeted on Sunday had fled to Khanizir with their families from the homes in the al-Furat district of Ramadi after ISIL captured Anbar's provincial capital last May.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ekim 2015, 12:16