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200 Residents of Iraqi Town Held by Islamic State Group

Rutbah\'s mayor, Imad al-Rishawy, said Monday that around 200 residents are still held by the Islamic State group at an unknown location.

Published: 31st August 2015 03:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st August 2015 03:49 PM   |  A+A-

By AP

BAGHDAD: The mayor of a remote, Islamic State-held town in western Iraq says some 200 residents are detained by the group after clashes there.

Trouble in Rutbah, in Anbar province, started Saturday when Islamic State militants killed a local resident for killing a member of the group as part of a long-running blood feud. Hundreds of residents demonstrated later on that day to protest the killing and clashes broke out when the militants attempted to disperse the protesters.

A provincial Anbar official said Saturday some 70 residents were detained by the militants and more than 100 more were tied to streetlight poles for about 24 hours as a punishment.

Rutbah's mayor, Imad al-Rishawy, said Monday that around 200 residents are still held by the Islamic State group at an unknown location.



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