Militia accused of killing 50 people in Iraq prison

Iraqi tribal leader says pro-gov't militia Hashd al-Shaabi stabbed and shot prisoners at Amerli prison in Saladin province

Militia accused of killing 50 people in Iraq prison

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Iraqi tribal leader has accused a pro-government Shia militia of killing 50 Sunni prisoners in northern Iraq.

“Around 50 Sunni prisoners were executed by the Hashd al-Shaabi militia inside the Amerli prison” in Saladin province, Thaer al-Bayati said on Sunday.

He said the executions were in revenge for the killing of a senior police officer in clashes with ISIL militants near Amerli last week.

“The prisoners were shot dead and stabbed by knives inside the prison,” al-Bayati claimed.

The Shia militia had previously been accused of committing human rights abuses while retaking territory from ISIL militants.

Last month, a video went viral on social media showing a Shia militiaman mistreating civilians fleeing Fallujah, which was overran by the ISIL group in early 2014. The Iraqi army managed to retake the western city from ISIL last week.

Iraqi authorities also said they were investigating reports that 17 civilians had been executed by Shia militiamen during the Fallujah offensive.

Iraq has suffered from a devastating security vacuum since mid-2014, when ISIL overran northern and western parts of the country.

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