Islamic State (IS) militants have executed no fewer than 120 people and captured over 350 others in Mosul, Provincial Governor, Atheel al-Najafi, said on Monday.
“With the people’s rising rejection of the IS, executions and detentions are mounting in different parts of the city,” Al-Najafi, the governor of Nineveh province of which Mosul is the capital, said.
The victims, some of whom had been held hostage by the IS for months, were executed by gunshots to the head.
According to al-Najafi, those captured by the IS are mainly police officers, current and former army officials, electoral commission employees, former parliamentary candidates and religious scholars.
Mosul, Iraq’s second city, was captured by the IS in 2014 as part of its territorial push into the region which include large parts of Syria and Iraq.
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